March 30, 2013
Stade Rennes 0-2 AS Nancy Lorraine
Two goals in the last 12 minutes saw Nancy claim their second successive in a week as victory over Rennes saw them move off the foot of Ligue 1.
Thomas Ayasse put the league's bottom side ahead 12 minutes from time with a stunning volley before Djamel Bakar secured all three points with a minute remaining.
The result sees Nancy move off the bottom and just two points from safety with their third win in four games, a run of form which has come at the most opportune time.
For Rennes, it extended their winless run to six league games and it appears their attention has turned to next month's Coupe de la Ligue final against St Etienne.
The hosts had the first chance of the game, Jean de Makoun turning and shooting straight at goalkeeper Damien Gregorini after being released by Jonathan Pitroipa.
Nancy then found themselves in a good position following a counter-attack but Benjamin Moukandjo shot straight at keeper Benoit Costil when well placed.
Pitroipa forced Gregorini to punch clear with a right-footed volley but it was Nancy who almost took the lead six minutes before the break.
Thomas Mangani's free-kick found Paul Alo'o Efoulou, who directed his header towards goal only for Costil to make a reflex save.
There were few clear-cut chances in the second half, Jean Kana-Biyik shooting just wide after pouncing on a ricochet from Julien Feret's free-kick.
However, in the 78th minute Nancy went ahead. Salif Sane delivered a superb ball for Ayasse, who unleashed a stunning right-footed volley to send the ball between the post and the keeper.
Then with just a minute remaining Nancy sealed all three points.
Alo'o Efoulou released Bakar near the penalty area and he worked his way in to unleash a fierce right-footed shot to leave Costil helpless as Nancy gave themselves further hope of escaping the drop.
|Stade Rennes||AS Nancy Lorraine|
|1 Benoit Costil||16 Damien Gregorini|
|5 Jean Kana Biyik||28 Sebastien Puygrenier|
|25 John Boye||4 Jordan Loties|
|3 Chris Mavinga||20 Salif Sane|
|2 Kevin Theopile Catherine||2 Yassine Jebbour|
|8 Julien Féret||18 Loosemy Karaboue|
|15 Jean Makoun||6 Thomas Mangani|
|26 Vincent Pajot||27 Thomas Ayasse|
|18 Cheick Mady Diarra||11 Djamel Bakar|
|10 Abdoulaye Sadio Diallo||9 Benjamin Moukandjo|
|7 Jonathan Pitroipa||14 Paul Alo'o Efoulou|
|29 Romain Danze||Vincent Muratori 26|
|9 Mevlut Erding||Jeff Louis 25|
|4 Onyekachi Apam||Paul Nardi 30|
|22 Anders Konradsen||Julian Jeanvier 21|
|16 Abdoulaye Diallo||Florent Zitte 35|
|27 Abdoulaye Sane||Abdou Karim Coulibaly 33|
|12 Ejike Uzoenyi||Nicolas Staerck-Weille 34|
|Romain Danze for Abdoulaye Sadio Diallo (63)|
|Mevlut Erding for Cheick Mady Diarra (79)|
|Romain Danze (86)||Sebastien Puygrenier (24)|
|Chris Mavinga (90)||Jordan Loties (72)|
|· Squads: Stade Rennes | AS Nancy Lorraine|