Nancy win battle of relegated pair
AS Nancy-Lorraine ended a disappointing season positively with Sébastien Puygrenier's brace giving them a 2-1 victory over fellow relegated side Stade Brestois 29.
Stade Brestois 29 1 - 2 AS Nancy-Lorraine
Puygrenier secured his status as his team's top scorer with a first-half double (10', 31'), rendering Charlison Benschop's 90th-minute consolation strike for the hosts academic in a game in which both clubs' fate had been sealed before kick-off.
No more than pride was at stake at the Stade Francis Le Blé, but Nancy played as if their top-flight future was still in the balance. Puygrenier has been an inspiration and unlikely source of goals all season, and having escaped the attentions of the generous home rearguard at a corner, steered home from close range to put Patrick Gabriel's men ahead.
Having been caught out once at a set-piece, Brest should have learned their lesson, but Florian Julien, on his L1 debut, brought down Vincent Muratori to afford Nancy a free-kick - Puygrenier punished the 19-year-old's impetuous foul with his seventh of the campaign.
Julien did make amends as the seconds wound down on the duo's top-flight season, spotting the run of Benschop, who then held off Jordan Loties before beating Damien Grégorini to give the home fans some cheer. They will be hoping the 2013-14 Ligue 2 campaign proves a happier one for the Breton club.