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Auguste Delaune 15th December 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Castro

Reims Reims vs Lille Lille

Reims 1

A Weber (7)

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Lille 1

D Payet (72)

Victory still eludes Reims

Last Updated: 15/12/12 9:55pm

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Anthony Weber celebrates his early Reims goal

Anthony Weber celebrates his early Reims goal

A first goal in six games was not enough for Reims to claim a much-needed win against Lille as they drew 1-1.

Hubert Fournier's team had failed to find the target once in their last five games, but took the lead with just six minutes on the clock through Anthony Weber.

However, just when they looked on course to claim a first win since October 6, the home side conceded an equaliser to Dimitri Payet.

Reims opened the scoring from their first real chance when Lille failed to deal with a corner and Weber took advantage to fire home a left-foot shot.

Lille tried to respond quickly and Payet's pass put Ronny Rodelin in space down the left, but his shot was blocked by defender Michael Tacalfred.

Two minutes later Payet was involved in the action once more, this time opting to shoot from long distance but seeing goalkeeper Kossi Agassa palm the ball to safety.

Reims struggled to carve out many opportunities and when Floyd Ayite did get a shot on target on 35 minutes, Lille goalkeeper Steeve Elana was equal to the task.

The visitors pressed for an equaliser after the break and Benoit Pedretti had a shot deflected wide before Salomon Kalou brought a good save from Agassa on 59 minutes.

Kalou then turned provider to set up Idrissa Gueye for a long-range shot which Agassa gathered at the second attempt, but the goalkeeper was finally beaten on 71 minutes when another good pass from Kalou set up Payet to turn the ball home.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29