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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 Lyon 22 48
2 Paris St Germain 23 47
3 Marseille 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20