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Stade de Moustir (ATT 15,000) 2nd December 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: W Bien

Lorient Lorient vs Toulouse Toulouse

Lorient 1

B Corgnet (45)

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Lorient edge to victory

Last Updated: 02/12/12 11:34pm

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Christian Gourcuff's men won

Christian Gourcuff's men won

Lorient edged out Toulouse 1-0 but it was not the sort of convincing performance required to suggest their recent poor form is over.

Christian Gourcuff's side came into the game with only one win in nine and a clear mission to turn things around at home.

Benjamin Corgnet's goal on the stroke of half-time proved enough for the three points, but their failure to put the game away despite a string of early chances led to a nervy finish.

It took almost half-an-hour for Lorient to get into their stride but once they had a series of chances came.

In the 28th minute, Corgnet created space for himself and then teed up Pedrinho for a powerful shot that tested Ali Ahamada, who turned it away at the expense of a corner.

Yann Jouffre's effort from distance then had a similar result with Ahamada getting enough on the ball to turn it away.

From the resulting corner the ball fell for Corgnet but from close range the goalkeeper stood firm once more.

He was finally beaten in the 45th minute when Jeremie Aliadiere found Corgnet with a low cross and his first-time shot beat Ahamada, who will have been disappointed not to save it having already kept out better efforts.

Toulouse came back at them in the second half, with Jean-Daniel Akpo-Akpro embarking on a superb run in the 54th minute, eluding several defenders before playing in Wissam Ben Yedder, but Fabian Audard was alert to the danger as he came racing off his line to smother the ball.

Both teams then had penalty appeals waved away. First, Toulouse's Cheikh M'Bengue tumbled under a challenge from Pedrinho and then, moments later, Aliadiere clashed with Akpo-Akpro, but the referee took interest in neither incident.

Aliadiere fluffed a chance to double the lead in the 70th minute when picked out by Kevin Monnet-Paquet, but his first effort was blocked by Jonathan Zebina, and the ex-Arsenal man lost his footing at the critical moment as he went for the rebound.

There was a late chance for Julien Quercia to make it comfortable it for Lorient, but he rushed his shot from a great position, and Ahamada gathered.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22