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FC Lorient. What to remember from the draw against Angers – FC Lorient

The match: Lorient combines well, but still ineffective

FC Lorient often dominated against Angers on Sunday. The Hakes have also managed to combine in the opposing 30 meters, one of their trademarks since the start of the season. Problem, the Lorientais lacked efficiency and never found the opening in the very compact block of Angers (0-0). It is only the third time that the Morbihannais have not scored this season (2-0 defeat against Montpellier on December 29 and 0-0 on October 15 against Reims at Moustoir).

It was also necessary to wait for the 28th minute to see the first opportunity, by Ibrahima Koné, whose recovery was countered by Bernardoni. Symbol of Lorient’s inefficiency, Yoann Cathline could have given his side victory in stoppage time. But his recovery from the penalty spot was close to the frame.

Lorient could even have been punished with a powerful header from Angevin Niane, well saved by Mannone (36′), a long shot from Bentaleb (57′), a header from just wide of Hunou (60′) or an ill-fitting recovery from Sima (79′).

The recruits

They were expected, and rather responded present. The three recruits of the winter transfer window, Bamba Dieng, Romain Faivre and Jean-Victor Makengo all three showed qualities for their first with the Merlus.

Placed on the left side of the attack, the Senegalese striker gave a glimpse of his percussive qualities. But, like his team, he was narrowly missed in the last gesture, on an unscrewed strike in the 18th or an ill-adjusted return at the half-hour mark.

Positioned on the right side, Romain Faivre showed the extent of his technical palette. Very comfortable in small spaces, he often found gaps, without being really dangerous.

Finally, placed in the midfield alongside Enzo Le Fée, Jean-Victor Makengo showed percussion skills to bring out the balls, especially on a breakthrough in the 24th, or this subtle ladle for Ibrahima Koné (59 ‘), whose return has passed the frame.

In the standings, Lorient overtaken by Lille

Sixth before this 22nd day, FC Lorient lost a place in the standings. With this draw, combined with the victory of Lille, Saturday evening in Rennes (3-1), the Northerners are now ahead of the Morbihannais, seventh with 36 points.

Angers, the record stops at 13

Angers stopped the bleeding. In a series of 13 defeats in a row in Ligue 1, a record for the French championship, the formation of former Rennais Adrien Hunou signed a draw (his first point since September 18 and a 1-0 victory in Nice during of the 8th day) which feels good. Especially in the heads because in the standings, the Angevins remain dead last, with nine points, ten points behind Troyes, the first non-relegation player.


Spectators: 12,705.

Referee: Willy Delajod

Warnings. Lorient: The Fairy (75′); Angers: Mendy (24′), Cheti (63′), Houtondji (90′), Abdelli (90′).

FC LORIEN: Mannone – Kalulu, Meïté, Talbi, Le Goff (cap) – Makengo, Le Fée – Faivre (Aouchiche, 81′), Ponceau (Cathline, 61′), Dieng (Diarra, 73′) – Koné (Doucouré, 81′) .

Not used: Pollersbeck (g), Silva, Yongwa, Wackers, Innocent.

Coach: Régis Le Bris.

SCO ANGERS: Bernardoni – Valery, Houtondji, Blazic, Cheti (Ghoulam, 66′) – Mendy, Bentaleb (cap) – Salama (Sima, 66′), Hunou (Ould Khaled, 86′), Abdelli – Niane (Capelle 71′).

Not used: Borne (g), Sabanovic, Camara, Amadou, Thioub.

Coach: Abdel Bouhazama.

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