Troyes stun Lori­ent with late win­ner in play­off

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Sec­ond divi­sion Troyes stunned French Ligue 1 club Lori­ent 2-1 with a 90th-minute win­ner from 40-year-old mid­fielder Ben­jamin Nivet in their rel­e­ga­tion play­off first leg on Thurs­day.

Nivet picked up the ball 25 me­tres out and un­leashed an un­stop­pable shot to se­cure a slen­der ad­van­tage for Troyes in their bid for pro­mo­tion to the top flight.

Lori­ent, who fin­ished third­bot­tom in Ligue 1, strug­gled to cre­ate chances in the first half with Troyes look­ing the more de­ter­mined side.

The hosts got their re­ward in the 37th minute with Stephane Dar­bion tap­ping the ball in on the re­bound af­ter Lori­ent keeper Ben­jamin Le­comte saved Nivet’s close-range shot.

The vis­i­tors came close to an equaliser when Michael Ciani’s drilled header forced a re­flex save from Troyes keeper Ma­madou Sa­massa, who turned the ball over the bar.

Lori­ent’s Ghana­ian for­ward Ab­dul Ma­jeed Waris had more luck in the 82nd when he fired home a low shot af­ter Troyes lost pos­ses­sion in their own half be­fore Nivet got the win­ner.

The teams meet in the re­turn leg in Lori­ent to­mor­row.

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Troyes’ Ben­jamin Nivet (left) cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against Lori­ent in their rel­e­ga­tion play­off match on Thurs­day. Troyes won 2-1.

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