Italian shot stopper Vito Mannone was on the bench from start to finish as his Lorient side made it five straight wins in the league with the 2-1 win over immediate past champions Lille at home. Vito Mannone became a Lorient player this summer after his contract at fellow French team AS Monaco came to an and.
Lorient had beaten teams such as Lyon, Ajaccio, Nantes and Auxerre before they faced Lille last weekend. The five-match winning run started with the 1-0 away win over Ajaccio. Lorient made it two straight wins with an impressive home victory over Lyon via a 3-1 scoreline. The 3-2 win at home to Nantes took the winning sequence to three games. Lorient then secured a 3-1 away win over Auxerre just before the September international break to make it four league wins in a row.
Vito Mannone and his Lorient teammates have continued their impressive form in Ligue 1 after the international break with the slim win over Lille. Lorient finished the game with ten men after Burkina Faso forward DangoOuattara was sent off for two yellow cards on 62 minutes. At the point of the red card to Ouattara, Lorient were leading 1-0 thanks to the own goal from French right-back BafodeDiakite in the first half. Lille made their numerical advantage count with the equaliser on 78 minutes through star forward Jonathan David. Lorient then had the last laugh with the winning goal three minutes from time.
Lorient would be hoping to turn their five-game winning sequence in the league to a six-game winning sequence when they take on hosts Brest. Lorient are third on the league table with 22 points from nine league games. They are one point off Marseille in second and three points off leaders and defending champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).