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French Ligue 1

Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani 10th November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: L Jaffredo

Bastia Bastia vs Valenciennes Valenc'nes

Bastia 2

A Modeste (pen 40)
J Palmieri (62)

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Valenc'nes 3

F Kadir (32, 78)
M Dossevi (80)

Valenciennes rally for victory

Last Updated: 10/11/12 9:47pm

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Foued Kadir: Double strike

Foued Kadir: Double strike

Two goals in three second-half minutes from Foued Kadir and Mathieu Dossevi helped Valenciennes come from a goal down to beat Bastia and move up to fourth in Ligue 1.

The visitors survived an early onslaught from Bastia to take the lead through Kadir just after the half-hour mark, but Anthony Modeste drew them level from the penalty spot in the 39th minute.

Julian Palmieri then put the hosts ahead in the 61st minute but Kadir levelled for Valenciennes after 77 minutes before he teed up Dossevi to complete the comeback.

The victory was Valenciennes' third in four matches and sees them oust Lyon into fourth, although Les Gones have two games in hand.

It was Lyon who hammered Bastia 5-2 last week, although Frederic Hantz's men gained a measure of confidence with a Coupe de la Ligue victory over Auxerre in midweek.

They came firing out of the traps here, with Florian Thauvin first forcing a good save from Valenciennes keeper Nicolas Penneteau with a volley before his cross from the left picked out Wahbi Khazri, whose effort at the back post came back off the woodwork.

At the other end, Dossevi's effort from inside the area was tipped wide by Bastia keeper Macedo Novaes before the visitors took the lead with a stunning counter attack.

Forward Gregory Pujol led the charge and he freed Kadir, who fired past Novaes in the 31st minute.

They were pegged back eight minutes later, however, when Brazil defender Gil fouled Khazri in the area, with Modeste firing to his left to give Penneteau no chance.

And Bastia took the momentum from that goal into the second half, as Penneteau had to save well from Modeste before Palmieri finished with aplomb from Toifilou Maoulida's cross.

But they were then guilty of sitting back and allowing the visitors to go on the attack, with Novaes having to tip over Carlos Sanchez's vicious strike from the edge of the area.

Kadir then levelled proceedings by delightfully curling the ball into the top corner from just outside the area following some good work from Dossevi.

The two combined again for the winner in the 79th minute as Kadir's fantastic ball picked out Dossevi on the right of the penalty area, and his instant strike left Novaes with no chance.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23