Correa leaves Nancy in top division
Ligue 1's longest-serving coach Pablo Correa bade farewell to Nancy on a positive note, with a 4-0 home win over relegated Lens ensuring Nancy's elite status.
Starting the day 17th, a single point above Monaco, Nancy knew they had 90 minutes to save their season. A glance at the Lens teamsheet would have encouraged them as Les Sang et Or lined up without a host of injured first-teamers and without goalkeeper Vedran Runje, who had his contract cancelled by mutual consent in midweek. Moreover, despite second-bottom Lens having nothing to lose, coach Laszlo Bölöni sent out his eleven in an incredibly conservative 4-6-0 formation.
Correa, who took the helm in 2002 and got Nancy promoted as Ligue 2 champions in 2005, announced his decision to leave on March 25, although he promised not to leave the club in the lurch and stay on awhile longer in the eventuality of relegation to Ligue 2.
Correa sits more easily
The Uruguayan, serving a touchline ban, could sit more comfortably from the 29th minute when his side took the lead through Pascal Berenguer. Left out of the side in February, the midfielder has enjoyed a sterling end to the campaign. Berenguer slammed a free kick into the wall from a central position and didn't hesitate as the ball rebounded to him, slamming an unstoppable volley into the top corner of Hamdi Kasraoui's net.
On the stroke of half-time Nancy were two to the good as Bakaye Traoré's shot took a huge deflection off Alassane Touré and finished in the goal. Any lingering doubts were put to bed for the Lorraine club when Berenguer scored his second of the evening four minutes after the resumption with a curling first-time shot high to Kasraoui's left after Youssouf Hadji had rolled the ball into his path.
Vahirua's final flourish
With time running out Nancy substitute Marama Vahirua capped a great night for the hosts with a hitch-kicked finish that put the seal on Lens' 17th league loss of the season. Nancy finished in 13th place, climbing four places on the night as Monaco were the club to go down of the seven in danger at the start of play.