METZ, May 10 (Ligue 1) - Metz lost their final home game in Ligue 1 after falling to defeat to Lorient, but were spared the prospect of doing so in front of their fans after being forced to play the game behind closed doors.
The already-relegated side took the lead in the first half through Babacar Gueye just after the half-hour mark, but second-half goals from Rafik Saifi and Fabrice Abriel ensured Metz' miserable season continued a while longer.
With no fans present as punishment for the racism incident which marred their match against Valenciennes earlier this season, Metz got off to a good start.
Five minutes showed on the clock when Cedric Barbosa crossed for Babacar Gueye, who arrived in the box at face to fire a left-footed shot that needed Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard to react quickly to.
However, perhaps due to the subdued atmosphere the tempo of the game soon dropped off, with chances at a premium until Rafik Saifi's headed effort for Lorient needed to be cleared off the line with 32 minutes played.
Immediately after that chance Metz took the lead. Miralem Pjanic forced a save from goalkeeper Christophe Marichez from 30 yards, and Gueye was on hand to turn in the rebound.
But as the game drifted towards the break Lorient managed to pull level when Saifi rose higher than anyone else to meet a corner with a powerful header two minutes into added time.
Buoyed by the goal Lorient came out on top after the break, and nearly doubled their advantage with a Yann Jouffre shot that skimmed the bar 10 minutes into the second period.
Their pressure paid off another 10 minutes later when Yazid Mansouri put Abriel through one-on-one with Marichez, and the French midfielder fooled the keeper with a clever finish for the winner.