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French Ligue 1

Stade de Moustir (ATT 14,271) 16th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: O Thual

Lorient Lorient vs Lille Lille

Lorient 2

G Bourillon (24)
B Corgnet (69)

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Lille 0

Lorient win in style

Last Updated: 16/11/12 10:12pm

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Kevin Monnet-Paquet wins a header

Kevin Monnet-Paquet wins a header

Lorient returned to winning ways in style with a 2-0 Ligue 1 success against Lille at the Stade du Moustoir.

Gregory Bourillon opened the scoring after 24 minutes and Benjamin Corgnet put the result beyond doubt with a second goal midway through the second half.

The result lifted Christian Gourcuff's side, who headed into the match having not won in their previous seven league games and having leaked 19 goals during that period, up to 10th in the standings - two points behind seventh-placed LOSC.

The game could hardly have got off to a better start for the hosts, who dominated the early exchanges and duly took a deserved lead.

Yann Jouffre delivered the free-kick from the left and Bourillon rose higher than Salomon Kalou to head into the top corner.

It could have been 2-0 12 minutes later when Jouffre set up Corgnet for a volley which was superbly kept out by Lille goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.

Rudi Garcia's side, who could have moved level on points with leaders Paris St Germain and Marseille with victory, mustered their first attack of note seven minutes before half-time. But Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard kept out Kalou's curling effort after the former Chelsea man had been set up by Mathieu Debuchy.

Lorient were soon back on the front foot, though, and went within a whisker of doubling their lead again when Kevin Monnet-Paquet's effort from a tight angle skimmed the post on its way wide.

The game continued in the same vein after the interval, Jeremie Aliadiere getting the better of Marko Basa only to fire his left-footed shot inches over the bar.

Audard had to be alert soon after to deflect a Dimitri Payet blast away to safety, and that proved crucial in the 69th minute when Lorient put daylight between themselves and their opponents with a second goal.

Aliadiere led the counter-attack before sending the ball out to the right for Corgnet, who despatched a low drive past Landreau.

The scoreline could have been even more emphatic 13 minutes from time when Corgnet's ball found Monnet-Paquet unmarked in the box, but he lashed just wide.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15