Top turnaround for Toulouse
Last Updated: 08/03/14 10:46pm
Toulouse's French defender Serge Aurier celebrates
Wissam Ben Yedder's superb solo goal completed a remarkable Toulouse comeback as they beat Reims 3-2 in Ligue 1.
Le Tefece trailed to two first-half penalties, from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Nicolas de Preville, as visitors Reim looked to keep themselves in touch with the European qualifying places.
But Alain Casanova's side roared back with three goals in the last 15 minutes, Serge Aurier and Eden Ben Basat drawing them level before Ben Yedder slalomed through in the 88th minute to snatch all three points.
Ben Yedder saw an early volley blocked by goalkeeper Kossi Agassa, who also denied Issiaga Sylla in the opening stages.
The home defence then lost their way, though, gifting their opponents two chances from the spot.
First Jonathan Zebina hauled down De Preville and Krychowiak's penalty beat goalkeeper Zacharie Boucher's dive for the opening goal.
De Preville was given the chance to take the second penalty, following Sylla's foul on Aissa Mandi, and sent Boucher the wrong way to double Reims' half-time lead.
Agassa made a magnificent point-blank save from Ben Basat early in the second period and the same attacker then shot over as Toulouse sought a way back into the game.
They had to wait until the 75th minute, when Clemen Chantome swung in a free-kick which Aurier headed powerfully past Agassa.
Aurier then turned provider as his cross from deep was met by a diving Ben Basat, with replays indicating he made contact with his hand rather than his head.
Astonishingly, there was still a winning goal to come for the home side - and it was a memorable one from Ben Yedder.
The diminutive winger latched onto Abel Aguilar's long pass and tricked his way through via a series of shimmies and dummy shots, before finally pulling the trigger and firing low past Agassa.
The result leaves ninth-placed Toulouse on 39 points, three behind their opponents and nine behind the top four.
French Ligue 1
|2||Paris St Germain||18||37|
|16||Evian Thonon Gaillar||17||19|