For the 31st day of Ligue 1, FC Lorient hosted AS Saint-Etienne in a decisive match at the bottom of the table. The Stéphanois, who had lost to OM on the last day, hoped to revive and finally get out of the red zone. Without Khazri still injured, Pascal Dupraz decided to align Bouanga and Nordin, who replaced Crivelli touched in the warm-up, on the front of the attack while Christophe Pelissier trusted Terem Moffi and Ibrahima Koné in front. The start of the game was largely in favor of Saint-Etienne who monopolized the ball and quickly proved dangerous. And this domination was concretized by a goal. Gabonese international Denis Bouanga headed in a good cross from Kolodziejczak (4th).
The match ignited thereafter and Lorient lived a cruel scenario. A few seconds after having seen the goal of the equalizer annulled, the Merlus conceded a second goal signed Arnaud Nordin. The young 24-year-old striker played with the defense and crucified Dreyer (22nd). But now, Lorient was far from having said its last word and a fact of the game completely relaunched the meeting. Captain Kolodziejczak offered a penalty to Terem Moffi after a gross foul on Mendes. The Nigerian striker did not tremble and gave hope to his team (42nd). In the euphoria of this goal, almost in stride, Ibrahima Koné, the last Lorient recruit, equalized and reset the counters to zero (2-2, 45th).
This equalizer just before the break completely reversed the course of the match and half-time changed absolutely nothing. When they returned from the locker room, it was Lorient who dominated the game and which completely asphyxiated an unrecognizable Saint-Etienne team. Paul Bernardoni was often solicited and somehow delayed the inevitable. Shortly after the hour mark, Enzo Le Fée gave his team the advantage with a nice goal full of composure. A goal that rewarded his very big game (3-2, 61st). And once again, Saint-Etienne would sink in stride.
A few minutes later, it was again Ibrahima Koné who, well launched in depth, adjusted the Saint-Etienne goalkeeper and capsized Moustoir (4-2, 64th). As if that were not enough, Saint-Etienne were reduced to ten after the exclusion of Yvan Neyou. The Cameroonian, who was making his comeback from injury, was ruled out just minutes after coming on for taking two yellows in two minutes. A nightmarish scenario for the Stéphanois who conceded a multitude of opportunities at the end of the meeting. And who even conceded two other goals. Terem Moffi also went there with his double (5-2, 86th) before Boisgard finished the show (6-2, 90th). Saint-Etienne falls heavily and carries out the very bad operation in the classification. Lorient sees the red zone move away slowly, but surely while the Stéphanois remain 18th in Ligue 1.