Lorient leave it oh so late at Nancy
FC Lorient scored twice in the closing stages, including Arnold Mvuemba's winner four minutes into added time, to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win at fellow strugglers AS Nancy Lorraine on Saturday.
AS Nancy Lorraine 2-3 FC Lorient
With both sides in the bottom three at kick-off, this had been billed as a game between two clubs that were all but doomed. Clearly, neither of them had read Saturday morning's papers.
Nancy, who had failed to win any of their previous seven league outings, looked anything but resigned to their fate in the first half. Issiar Dia sent a shot just wide (17') before the hosts opened the scoring through Faitout Maouassa.
The 18-year-old defender stylishly got on the end of a Dia cross to claim his first L1 goal (28') before Dia doubled their lead from the penalty spot, sending Benjamin Lecomte the wrong way after Steven Moreira had been penalised for handball (42').
Lorient, six points adrift of safety at kick-off and essentially seven given their worrisome goal difference, looked a beaten side, but Bernard Casoni's squad boasts genuine goalscorers, and they hauled Les Merlus back into the match.
Benjamin Moukandjo took his L1 tally into double figures after he was picked out by a Majeed Waris cross to reduce Lorient's arrears (66') before Wesley Lautoa headed goalwards from a corner.
Nancy goalkeeper Sergey Chernik appeared to have saved the powerful defender's effort, but the goalline technology linked to the watch of referee Frank Schneider indicated all of the ball had crossed the line (86').
Lorient must have been tempted to settle for an unexpected point having equalised so late, but they were not done yet. They needed a brilliant Lecomte save - turning over Alexis Busin's snap half-volley (89') - and Waris to pull off their heroics, however.
A quick throw out from Lecomte launched a counter-attack, and the pacy Waris hared forward, drew Chernik before squaring for Mvuemba to fire into the empty net (90+4') and give Lorient real hope of avoiding the drop.
THE PLAYER: Majeed Waris
The Ghana international forward did not score, but his contribution to two of his side's goals was worth just as much.
THE STAT: 22
Lorient have now conceded the opening goal of a L1 game 22 times this season, more than any other team in the division.