Brave Bastia leave Lorient empty-handed
SC Bastia held on with ten men for nearly 80 minutes after opening goalscorer Anthony Modeste was sent off to end their losing streak with a 2-1 victory against FC Lorient on Saturday.
SC Bastia 2 - 1 FC Lorient
Modeste opened the scoring (11') before being sent off barely a minute later. However, though Lamine Koné equalised (31'), Wahbi Khazri struck four minutes later to end a run of three successive defeats for the Corsican club.
Lorient had won only one of their last 24 away games, but started well with Kevin Monnet-Paquet feeding Jérémie Aliadière only for Landry Bonnefoi to move smartly to smother before the home 'keeper, once again preferred to Novaes, had to turn aside Benjamin Corgnet's effort.
Bonnefoi's opposite number, Fabien Audard, was more active still. A Khazri shot was halted by the Lorient number one, who then stuck out a leg to stop Modeste opening the scoring barely a minute before the on-loan Girondins de Bordeaux forward did so. When Julian Palmieri's cross came in to the near post, Modeste's movement was too good for Les Merlus' defence, his finish too sweet for Audard to stomach.
Barely had he struck than Modeste was back in the dressing room, sent off for a wild-looking challenge on Monnet-Paquet. His athleticism was missed when Lamine Koné rose to head home Alain Traoré's free-kick to level, but the hosts, playing their 50th match at home under Frédéric Hantz, soon showed why they have been such a formidable prospect at the Stade Furiani.
When a centre was only half-cleared, Khazri unleashed a powerful strike which rushed through a crowd of players and beyond an unsighted Audard, who then had to stop Sambou Yatabaré's effort to keep his team within a single score at the break.
With Aliadière and Corgnet on the same wavelength, Lorient were always going to cause problems, and the pair combined shortly after the re-start to afford the latter a shooting opportunity, but the ex-Dijon FCO man's lob did not have sufficient height to clear the advancing Bonnefoi. Substitute Ludovic Giuly might have done so in the closing stages had the diminutive former Champions League winner been a little taller, but when Corgnet's cross came into the box, he – like his club on the night – came up short. Bastia almost added to the scoreline themselves in added time, but Toifilou Maoulida struck the woodwork with Audard beaten.