Ligue 1: Terem Moffi guides Lorient to victory with brace, Simon dazzles

Ligue 1: Terem Moffi guides Lorient to victory with brace, Simon dazzles

Super Eagles striker Terem Moffi was on song in the Ligue 1 on Sunday, as his brace earned Lorient a 2-1 win over Clermont at the Stade du Moustoir.

Super Eagles stars Moffi and Innocent Bonke were listed in the match day squad, but it was the former who got the nod to lead Les Merlus’ frontline, while Bonke started from the bench.

Lorient were quick out of the blocks, trying to breach the Clermont backline. The early pressure was soon rewarded though, as Clermont defender Neto Borges was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box, giving away a needless penalty to the hosts.

Moffi was tasked with the responsibility and duly delivered with utmost composure, sending goalkeeper Mory Diaw the wrong way to hand Les Merlus the lead. Just when it looked like Clermont were close to getting an equalizer, Lorient were resolute at the back and kept denying the visitors. 

In the 41st minute, Les Merlus struck again as Moffi got past a couple of Clermont defenders and was all alone with the opposition goalkeeper. The striker then showed excellent composure and quality, before dispatching the ball into the net.

Despite Clermont’s resolve to find a way back into the game, seconds into the second period they were reduced to ten men, as Borges was sent off after a second yellow card.

However, just two minutes after the hour mark, the Lancers pulled one back through Muhammed Cham in the 62nd minute, but it was too little too late, as it finished 2-1 in favor of Moffi’s Lorient. Meanwhile, midfielder Bonke was made an entrant in the 82nd minute.

The win leaves Lorient in 5th position, and they will be guests of Lens in their next game on Wednesday where Moffi will look to score more goals to add to his two strikes this season.

Meanwhile, it was a Moses Simon show, as he grabbed a goal and an assist in Nantes’ comeback 3-1 victory against Toulouse.

The Yellow Canaries fell behind early in the game, as Zakaria Aboukhlal scored for Toulouse in the 15th minute. However, Nantes came all out in the second half, and Simon was at the forefront of the assault.

In his first goal contribution, the Super Eagles forward assisted Evann Guessand’s 50th-minute strike to drag Nantes level before Mostafa Mohamed made it 2-1 for the home side. Moses then added icing on the cake to complete the comeback at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Nantes will face Strasbourg away from home in their next game on Wednesday.

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