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FC Lorient.  The Merlus did not work a miracle in Lille – FC Lorient
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FC Lorient. The Merlus did not work a miracle in Lille – FC Lorient
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A first goal gag in the 10th minute, Paul Nardi clumsily boxing a cross-shot on the foot of his defender, then two other goals, including one against his camp from Moritz Jenz, from a set piece (19 ‘, 31’) . As in Troyes (2-0) at the beginning of December, the Lorientais completely missed their start to the match in Lille. However, they started the game much better than in Aube, where the midfielder had taken on water at the start.

Well in place and united in defense, the team seemed ready to suffer the possession of Lille to better launch some counter-attacks, as during their good performance at home against Paris (1-1, December 22). The players were in any case keen to make up for their very disappointing performance on Sunday at Moustoir, against a team from Angers quickly reduced to ten and withdrawn into their camp.

A goalkeeper and his lost defense

But the defense of the Hakes, orphan of its boss Julien Laporte, proved to be much too feverish on set pieces. Paul Nardi and his central defenders often appeared lost and without bearings. Especially on the second goal, where the Lorient goalkeeper struggles to place his wall, which deflects Lille’s shot and takes it the wrong way. Luck was definitely not on the side of the Hakes, but it is already in this sector of play, where the Bretons often give back a few centimeters to their opponents, that Lorient had already learned a lesson (4-0) in Strasbourg at the end of October .

14 games without a win

At 3-0, the players at least had the merit of not letting go. They recovered in the second half, trying to get the ball out more cleanly to develop a transition game closer to their standards. They even managed to score in stoppage time, for young striker Sambou Soumano’s first Ligue 1 goal.

“We had a better match than against Angers,” said coach Christophe Pélissier after the match, refusing to overwhelm his players.

“We attack the game well, we have a good ten minutes. That’s what I asked the players to reassure themselves. But it’s complicated to be down 3-0 without having conceded any clear chances.

Still, Lorient has stretched Lille a series of 14 matches without a win in Ligue 1. She is still a play-off and 18th in the standings, but has already left four points on the way since the start of the year. The maintenance operation promises to be even more difficult than the

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Referee: F. Batta.

GOALS. Lille: Lihadji (10′), Jenz (csc, 19′), Reinildo (31′); FC Lorient: Soumano (90’+2).

FC LORIEN: Nardi – Mendes, Jenz, Pétrot, Le Goff – Mouazan (Silva, 63′), Monconduit (Lemoine 74′), Abergel (cap), Le Fée (Boisgard, 63′) – Moffi (Soumano, 74′), Laurienté. Trainer: C. Pelissier.

LILLE: Grbic – Celik, Fonte (cap), Botman, Reinildo – Sanches (Xeka, 68′), Lihadji (Weah, 68′), Onana (Niasse, 76′), Bamba (Gudmundson, 76′) – David, Yilmaz (Gomes , 82′). Trainer: J. Maciel.

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