Jouffre strike snatches Lorient win
A last-minute goal from Yann Jouffre earned Lorient a 2-1 win over Nancy, their second victory of the new Ligue 1 season.
Djamal Bakar gave the visitors a first-half lead, but Lorient piled on the pressure in the last 15 minutes and were rewarded with an equaliser from Arnold Mvuemba before Jouffre snatched the points. It was a cruel blow to Nancy, who are still searching for their first win of the campaign.
Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard was called into action after just eight minutes, making a smart save from Samba Diakite's 25-yard drive. However, the keeper was unable to prevent the opening goal two minutes later when Lossemy Karaboue's pass found the feet of Bakar, who picked out the bottom left corner with a 20-yard strike.
The goal brought Lorient to life and Kevin Monnet-Pacquet's volley after 23 minutes warmed the palms of goalkeeper Damien Gregorini. Mathias Autret then tried his luck for the hosts with a right-footed strike from just inside the area which found the side netting.
Monnet-Pacquet forced another good save from Gregorini on the stroke of half-time, the striker aiming to put the finishing touches on a cross from Jeremie Aliadiere.
Lorient continued to push for an equaliser in the second half, but Gregorini proved himself up to the challenge once more after 55 minutes, although he needed two attempts to gather a teasing shot from Autret.
The pressure finally paid off 12 minutes from time thanks to Mvuemba, who curled a beautiful free-kick over the wall and beyond the reach of Gregorini. Jouffre then began and finished the move which led to Lorient's winner in the dying seconds.
The midfielder attacked down the right before exchanging a one-two with Monnet-Pacquet, with Jouffre then unleashing a shot goalwards which took the slightest of deflections off his team-mate, but it was enough to deceive Gregorini.