Troyes relegated to Ligue 2
Troyes have been officially relegated to Ligue 2 following a 1-0 home loss to Angers. Charles Diers scored the goal deep into added time.
ESTAC Troyes 0-1 Angers SCO
Troyes' immediate return to Ligue 2 had been inevitable for many weeks, though their fate was mathematically sealed with defeat, now 19 points back from 17th with only six matches to play. Only Arles-Avignon, relegated after 31 games in 2010-2011, have been relegated earlier in a 20-club top division.
A 16th straight match without a win for Troyes also saw Angers record back-to-back victories for the first time since last October.
Thomas Mangani's set-pieces looked Angers' most likely route to a goal. Matthieu Dreyer saved from Moroccan international Romain Saïss in the first period and prevented Rincon scoring an own goal early in the second half.
Troyes enjoyed two magnificent chances inside the final ten minutes. In the 83rd minute Stéphane Darbion powered away on the counter and unleashed a left-footed shot which Alexandre Letellier repelled. The visiting goalkeeper also dealt with Darbion's follow-up.
With time running out, Letellier dived to make a great save to keep out Matthieu Saunier. Karim Azamoum tried his luck too, only for Saïss to clear off the line.
Having survived those scares, Angers went up the other end to score the winner. A corner caused chaos and when Ismaël Traoré messed up a shot it turned into an assist for the veteran Diers, whose goal lifted Angers to provisional eighth in the table.