October 19, 2019 / 8:29 PM / 2 months ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Metz shock Nantes, Toulouse sink Lille in Ligue 1

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PARIS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Habib Diallo’s goal four minutes from time gave Metz a shock 1-0 win over high-flying Nantes on Saturday, lifting them off the bottom of the table and out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

A straight red card on the hour mark for Nantes’ Molla Wague looked to have set Metz on course for a valuable point but Diallo had other ideas, sliding in to fire home Farid Boulaya’s pass for the 86th-minute winner.

Metz climbed from last to 14th in the table, consigning Dijon, who drew 0-0 with Olympique Lyonnais thanks to brilliant goalkeeping from Alfred Gomis, to bottom spot.

Lyon’s Moussa Dembele had a particularly frustrating evening as Dijon’s Gomis pulled off a series of stunning stops to thwart him.

Toulouse substitute Yaya Sanogo netted a header and captain Max Gradel scored from the penalty spot as they beat misfiring visitors Lille 2-1.

Sanogo, who came on as a 16th-minute substitute, put his side in front in the 58th minute before Gradel added a spot-kick after a handball by Lille defender Jeremy Pied.

Pied’s misery was almost compounded when he conceded a second penalty for the same offence and was booked in the 81st minute, but Gradel fired the spot-kick over the bar.

Defender Arturo Calabresi snatched a point for Amiens as they drew 1-1 with Nimes, blasting the ball home in the fifth minute of stoppage time after the home side failed to clear a corner to cancel out a first-half goal form Pablo Martinez.

A goal in the second minute by Yunis Abdelhamid gave Reims a 1-0 victory over Montpellier, while Irvin Cardona’s goal was enough for Brest to edge a 1-0 win at Angers.

Champions Paris St Germain, who won 4-1 at Nice on Friday, top the standings on 24 points after 10 games with Nantes second on 19 and Reims third, two points further back.

At the bottom of the table, the win for Metz sent Monaco down to 18th spot and into the relegation places alongside Strasbourg (19th) and bottom side Dijon, with all three sides on nine points.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond

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