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Auguste Delaune 18th May 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: T Chapron

Reims Reims vs Lorient Lorient

Reims 1

G Krychowiak (pen 33)

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Lorient pay the penalty

Last Updated: 18/05/13 11:56pm

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Reims won 1-0

Reims won 1-0

Grzegorz Krychowiak's first-half penalty helped Reims guarantee their Ligue 1 status next year after a battling victory over Lorient.

Reims were promoted from Ligue 2 last year and were still in slight danger of a return as they lay four points clear of 18th-placed Nancy with two matches remaining.

But tonight's victory, secured when Krychowiak netted from the spot just after the half hour, pushed Hubert Fournier's men five points clear of the drop ahead of the final weekend of the season.

They started like a team fighting for survival, with Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard having to make a fantastic save in the opening minutes from Gaetan Courtet's back post header.

Audard also had to be at his best when Diego - who was the one to set up Courtet - again caused a nuisance to the visitors by teeing up Nicolas de Preville, whose looping header was tipped over.

Courtet perhaps should have done better once more when he found himself unmarked in the area but could only direct his shot straight at Audard.

The Lorient custodian was not rewarded for his excellent saves as Senegal defender Lamine Gassama pushed Diego inside the area to give Reims a penalty, with Krychowiak sending Audard the wrong way.

The only downside of a commanding first-half performance from Reims came when Diego left the pitch just before half-time after appearing to twist his knee.

Their dominance continued after the interval, though, with Aissa Mandi's cross finding Courtet, whose diving header went inches wide.

Audard kept the deficit to just one goal with another magnificent full stretch save from Floyd Ayite's low right-foot volley from the edge of the area.

It could have proved a key moment as the away side came on strong in the closing stages although Benjamin Corgnet's cross-cum-shot - which only just missed the target - was the closest they had come to a goal in 74 minutes.

And Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was forced into his first meaningful action of the night as he palmed away Kevin Monnet-Paquet's fierce drive to ensure the hosts walked away with the spoils.

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French Ligue 1

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