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French Ligue 1

Marcel-Picot 9th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: C Turpin

Nancy Nancy vs Reims Reims

Nancy 1

S Puygrenier (29)

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Reims 2

F Ayite (48)
O Fortes (58)

Reims secure overdue away win

Last Updated: 09/02/13 10:27pm

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Time to celebrate on the road for Reims

Time to celebrate on the road for Reims

Reims won away from home for the first time since returning to Ligue 1 as Nancy's resurgence was halted after a 2-1 loss.

The Lorraine side had won their last two games, their first league wins since the opening day of the season, and took the lead through defender Sebastien Puygrenier on the half-hour.

But goals from Floyd Ayite and Odair Fortes in the second half turned the game around and Gaetan Courtet had a late third disallowed.

Nancy started well and Romain Grance drew a sharp save from Johny Placide before the hosts opened the scoring.

Thomas Mangani swung in a corner which caused problems for Placide. The goalkeeper got a hand to Salif Sane's header at the near post but captain Puygrenier turned the ball home.

Grange could have doubled the advantage before half-time following good work by Lossemy Karaboue, but Placide blocked his shot.

And Reims were back on terms just three minutes into the second half, when Diego set up Ayite to curl in a shot from the edge of the box.

Ayite then turned provider for the second goal nine minutes later. Courtet and Grzegorz Krychowiak combined to free the forward down the left flank and he crossed for Fortes, who supplied a simple finish to a sparkling move.

Gregorini was forced to beat away another effort from the impressive Ayite as the visitors took complete control after the interval.

And only an offside flag prevented Courtet from putting the seal on victory in stoppage time.

The two goals were enough to lift Reims out of the relegation zone, where they were replaced by Evian, and up to 16th. Defeat saw Nancy return to the foot of the table after Troyes' draw with Sochaux.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 11 25
2 Paris St Germain 11 21
3 Lyon 11 20
4 St Etienne 11 20
5 Nantes 11 19
6 Bordeaux 11 18
7 Nice 11 17
8 Monaco 11 17
9 Rennes 11 15
10 Metz 11 15
11 Lille 11 15
12 Toulouse 11 14
13 Montpellier 11 14
14 Reims 11 14
15 Caen 11 12
16 RC Lens 11 11
17 Lorient 11 10
18 Bastia 11 10
19 Evian Thonon Gaillar 11 10
20 Guingamp 11 9