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4 things to remember after the Merlus victory in Angers (2-1)

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At the end of a breathtaking thriller, FC Lorient won (2-1) at Angers during the 17th day of Ligue 1. With this victory, the Hakes are provisionally 6th while waiting for the Lille match on Monday. Here are 4 takeaways from this game.

The meeting got off to a bad start.

After having ended 2022 badly, the Morbihannais left on the wrong foot this afternoon in Angevin soil. At kick-off, Régis Le Bris had made some changes from the eleven lined up during the defeat against Montpellier (2-0) in midweek. Julien Laporte injured gave way to Chrislain Matsima while Stéphane Diarra and Julien Ponceau were replaced by Bonke Innocent and Yoann Cathline for tactical reasons.

Unsuccessful changes since from the start of the match, the Bretons were dominated in aggressiveness and in the game. On a corner kick from Pierrick Capelle, taken over with a header by Abdallah Sima, the SCO of Angers opened the scoring (1 –0, 10th). A few seconds later, Adrien Hunou alone at the penalty spot did not go far from making the break. Terem Moffi and Yoann Cathline then tried to bring FC Lorient back into the game, but Paul Bernardoni intervened twice before the break.

The Lorient Miracle

In a sparse Raymond Kopa stadium, the end of the match took on the air of a breathless thriller. While FC Lorient did not seem to find the fault against an Angevin goalkeeper in a state of grace, it was a twist of fate that allowed Les Merlus to return to the game. On a corner from Enzo Le Fée, Abdallah Sima, scorer at the start of the game, deflected the ball into his own goal (1-1, 79th). The SCO of Angers, however, moved forward and Pierrick Capelle almost gave the advantage to his people.

After a nice movement, the midfielder unleashed a powerful shot from 25 meters which came crashing down on Vito Mannone’s bar. But at the end of the suspense and two minutes from the end of the game, Ibrahima Koné found Enzo Le Fée who sent an unstoppable shot at the entrance to the area (2-1, 88th). The men of Régis le Bris will not be joined and have therefore finally imposed themselves in a miraculous way.

Enzo Le Fée always makes his magic speak

As often, the light came from him. Genius openings, bright passes in the intervals and a splendid strike. The Breton torchbearer midfielder simply signed a demonstration on the Angevin lawn. Under the radars of many European clubs, it should be the object of many desires in this month of January when the transfer window has just opened its doors.

FC Lorient returns to success

After 6 games without a win, FC Lorient found their way back to victory on January 1, 2023. Thanks to this success, Terem Moffi’s teammates rank 6th and have the same number of points (31) as their Rennes neighbors. An important result for the Hakes since their schedule promises to be difficult over the next few weeks. They will first host Monaco, before moving to Marseille and then facing Rennes. In the meantime, the Bretons will go to La Châtaigneraie (N3) next Sunday to play their 32nd final of the Coupe de France.

Article written by Laurent Lemoine

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