Late penalty helps Nimes win and transfer out of relegation zone | Sports activities

PARIS (AP) – Striker Renaud Ripart scored a late penalty when Nimes beat Lorient 1-0 in the French league on Wednesday to leave the relegation zone and place Lorient there instead.

Nimes have won three straight games without conceding a goal and are in 17th place, while Lorient fell back to 19th after a second straight defeat.

Ripart confidently sent the goalkeeper the wrong way on 88 minutes after a Lorient defender handled the ball after a corner.

In a balanced first half, Nimes midfielder Haris Duljevic missed a good chance and Lorient defender Julien Laporte hit the bar with a powerful shot from 25 yards.

Lorient missed again when striker Terem Mefi’s header hit a post early in the second half.

The game was postponed from the 21st round following a coronavirus outbreak in the Lorient squad.

Lorient’s undefeated five-game league game ended last weekend in a 4-1 home defeat to leaders Lille.

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