PARIS – Ten-man Lorient extended their winning streak to five games to secure third place in the French league with a 2-1 win over Lille on Sunday.
Substitute Theo Le Bres scored against Akeem Ziadka and in the 87th minute he beat goalkeeper Lucas Chevalier’s leg to seal the win.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men on 62 when Burkina Faso winger Dingo Ouattara received a second yellow card for a tackle on the leg of Adam Ouanas.
Laurent took the lead in the ninth minute with a goal from Lille right-back Bafoud Diaquet, who turned the ball back into his own net.
But Lille equalized in the 78th with a tap-in from Canadian striker Jonathan David, who scored his sixth league goal of the season.
Laurent had their luck on the line at times when Lille winger Oonas hit the post with a direct corner kick in the 38th before Davide’s flick on the bar in the 68th.
Laurent coach Regis LeBrace has dismissed any talk of competition for European places.
“Today, we’re just looking to improve,” he told Amazon Prime Video. “The points we collect are, of course, very important for safety. Laurent’s place in the French league is what matters.
Surprise package Laurent has turned Stade du Moustier into a fortress by winning every home game this season while Lille, who lift the league title in 2021, are yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
Elsewhere, promoted Toulouse beat Montpellier 4-2 with goals from Stijn Spierings, Zakaria Aboukhalal, Faris Chaibi and Brecht Dejager. The game was delayed for about 15 minutes in the second half as players went back to the locker room due to tear gas from the stands.
Ecuador defender Jaxon Porrozo scored for Treviso in a 2-2 draw with Rams at the break, who finished with 10 men after Japan international Junya Ito was red-carded for a high tackle in the 56th. . The Rams doubled their lead despite goals from England under-21 striker Fulren Balogan in the 13th and Eto’o in the 54th.
Kosovo winger Albasan Rashani and Benin international Judel Dosso scored in the closing minutes to give Clermont a 3-1 win over Ajaccio.
Senegalese striker M’Bay Niang saved a point from the penalty spot in the 86th for 10-man Auxerre in a 1-1 draw with Brest.
The ninth round then concludes on Sunday with Monaco vs Nantes, and Lens vs Lyon.
Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain beat Nice 2-1 on Saturday to maintain their two-point lead over Marseille at the top of the standings.