Troyes back in the big time
Ligue 2 leaders Troyes sealed their Ligue 1 return after two seasons away thanks to a 2-1 home win over Angers on Tuesday evening.
A goal down after Abdoul Razzagui Camara's fine 32nd-minute opener, Troyes were then reduced to ten men three minutes into the second half when Mory Koné was sent off. Yet Jean-Marc Furlan's men equalised on the hour through a penalty converted by veteran Benjamin Nivet, and then Cameroonian forward Henri Bienvenu popped up with the 84th-minute winner.
Troyes moved on to 69 points, an unassailable 13 points clear of fourth-placed Dijon with four matches remaining. It is the third time Furlan has coached Troyes to promotion to Ligue 1 after 2004-2005 and 2011-2012. Angers are in the third and final promotion spot, above Dijon on goal difference.
Furlan: "An exceptional season"
Furlan said: "We were uptight in the first half and the red card shook the players up and caused a reaction. Mentally, it was very impressive to upset Angers. I would never have expected to have been promoted after 34 games.
"We have had an exceptional season. I'm really happy for the lads and I'm also really happy for the president as, from an economic point of view, it is tough in Ligue 2."