Ligue 1: Moffi motivates Lorient to victory over Clermont Foot
Lorient on Sunday, extended their unbeaten streak in the Ligue 1 to three matches with a convincing 2-1 victory against 10-mam Clermont Foot, thanks to a brace from Nigerian striker Terem Moffi.
The humdinger contest witnessed two Nigerian internationals in action. Midfielder Innocent Bonke was an 81st-minute substitute while Terem Moffi started and made all the difference for Lorient.
The two in-form sides started at a ferocious pace, carving out multiple chances at either end. The best chance fell to the dangerous Armand Laurienté, who should have put the hosts ahead, but instead fired his shot straight at Mory Diaw.
The hosts got the breakthrough shortly after when Neto Borges clumsily took out Dango Ouattara in his own area. Referee Willy Delajod didn't hesitate to point to the spot, allowing Terem Moffi to calmly dispatch his penalty and make it 1-0 after twenty-five minutes.
Lorient capped off an outstanding first half by doubling their advantage on the stroke of HT. Moffi finished off a devastating counter-attack, picking up the ball in his own half before skipping past two defenders and rounding Diaw to roll the ball into an empty net.
The 23-year old Moffi missed a golden opportunity to complete his hat-trick from close range when he was denied by a great Diaw save. Clermont then got themselves back in the game completely against the run of play,
Fellow Nigerian international, Innocent Bonke was brought on in the 81st minute to help Lorient protect the lead by providing solidity in central midfield.
The hosts saw out the remainder of the game with relative ease to confirm a victory that sees Lorient climb to fourth in the table,while Clermont slip down to ninth after their second defeat of the season.