December 15, 2012
Payet pounces to earn Lille draw
A first goal in six games was not enough for Reims to claim a much-needed win against Lille.
Hubert Fournier's team had failed to find the target once in their last five games, but took the lead with just six minutes on the clock through Anthony Weber.
However, just when they looked on course to claim a first win since October 6, the home side conceded an equaliser to Dimitri Payet.
Reims opened the scoring from their first real chance when Lille failed to deal with a corner and Weber took advantage to fire home a left-foot shot.
Lille tried to respond quickly and Payet's pass put Ronny Rodelin in space down the left, but his shot was blocked by defender Michael Tacalfred.
Two minutes later Payet was involved in the action once more, this time opting to shoot from long distance but seeing goalkeeper Kossi Agassa palm the ball to safety.
Reims struggled to carve out many opportunities and when Floyd Ayite did get a shot on target on 35 minutes, Lille goalkeeper Steeve Elana was equal to the task.
The visitors pressed for an equaliser after the break and Benoit Pedretti had a shot deflected wide before Salomon Kalou brought a good save from Agassa on 59 minutes.
Kalou then turned provider to set up Idrissa Gueye for a long-range shot which Agassa gathered at the second attempt, but the goalkeeper was finally beaten on 71 minutes when another good pass from Kalou set up Payet to turn the ball home.
|Stade de Reims||Lille|
|16 Kossi Agassa||16 Steeve Elana|
|25 Anthony Weber||25 Marko Basa|
|22 Michael Tacalfred||22 Aurelien Chedjou|
|3 Franck Signorino||3 Lucas Digne|
|23 Aissa Mandi||2 Mathieu Debuchy|
|10 Floyd Ayite||17 Benoit Pedretti|
|21 Bocundji Ca||5 Idrissa Gana Gueye|
|4 Grzegorz Krychowiak||4 Florent Balmont|
|18 Gaetan Courtet||26 Nolan Roux|
|11 Diego||7 Dimitri Payet|
|7 Odair Fortes||20 Ronny|
|24 Florent Ghisolfi||David Rozehnal 14|
|6 Antoine Devaux||Djibril Sidibe 15|
|9 Julien Toudic||Salomon Kalou 8|
|5 Kamel Ghilas||Rio Mavuba 24|
|1 Johann Liebus||Barel Mouko 30|
|27 Christopher Glombard||Marvin Martin 10|
|26 Pape N'Diaye Souare||Gianni Bruno 19|
|Kamel Ghilas for Floyd Ayite (45)||Rio Mavuba for Florent Balmont (45)|
|Antoine Devaux for Bocundji Ca (49)||Salomon Kalou for Ronny (45)|
|Pape N'Diaye Souare for Diego (80)||Marvin Martin for Idrissa Gana Gueye (71)|
|Grzegorz Krychowiak (23)||Aurelien Chedjou (83)|
|Michael Tacalfred (90)|
|· Squads: Stade de Reims | Lille|