LOSC Lille came from behind to win 2-1 at AS Nancy Lorraine on Saturday, with Rony Lopes grabbing the decisive goal at the Stade Marcel-Picot. As usual, Nigerian goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeam was in inspirational form.
Nancy had earned plaudits for their performance away to Paris Saint-Germain last time out but still ended up losing that game 1-0. Handicapped by their struggles in front of goal, Pablo Correa’s side have been unable to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone but they ended their long goal drought when they opened the scoring here just after the half-hour mark.
Back in the starting XI after personal problems kept him out against PSG, Julien Cétout held off Sébastien Corchia as he dug out a cross from the left flank. Issiar Dia rose majestically to head home, the Senegalese international scoring his fifth of the season, and Nancy’s first goal in almost 10 hours (31′).
Unfortunately for the home fans at the Stade Marcel-Picot, that did not spark a flood of further goals, although Cétout came close just before the hour mark with a piledriver that was well saved by Vincent Enyeama.
Lille – who lost Marko Basa to injury early in the second half – then drew level in the 63rd minute, Nicolas De Préville sending Sergey Chernik the wrong way from the spot after Alou Diarra had conceded a penalty by fouling Yassine Benzia in the box.
And there was to be an almighty sucker punch for the hosts as Lille grabbed the winner on the break with nine minutes left. After Nancy almost retook the lead at one end, Lopes led the counter-attack to the other. He fed De Préville, who found Eder, the ball then coming back to Lopes who controlled and fired in the winner.
Lille are now unbeaten in 13 top-flight meetings with Nancy stretching back almost a decade and this victory boosts their survival hopes, but it is a huge blow for Nancy. Pablo Correa’s side have now gone seven games without a win and this defeat, coupled with results elsewhere, sees them drop back into the bottom three.
On his first start since January 21, Portuguese starlet Lopes came up with the goods. He began and finished the stunning counter-attack that brought about the winning goal, which was his first in Ligue 1 since late November.Nancy went 597 minutes without scoring before Issiar Dia struck the opener. Dia’s first ever Ligue 1 goal came for Nancy against Lille in April 2007.