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French Ligue 1

Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani 24th November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Gautier

Bastia Bastia vs Lorient Lorient

Bastia 2

A Modeste (11, S/O 12)
W Khazri (34)

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Lorient 1

L Kone (31)

Bastia battle for victory

Last Updated: 24/11/12 9:45pm

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Anthony Modeste: Scored and sent off

Anthony Modeste: Scored and sent off

Bastia defiantly hauled themselves clear of the Ligue 1 relegation zone as they beat Lorient 2-1 despite playing almost the entire match a man short.

Anthony Modeste went from hero to villain as he opened the scoring on 11 minutes only to see red moments later.

The striker was perhaps unlucky to be dismissed, after he dived in on Kevin Monnet-Paquet, but Bastia looked set to be punished nonetheless when Lamine Kone levelled on the half-hour.

But rather than roll over the Corsicans immediately grabbed back the lead through Wahbi Khazri before holding the visitors at bay for an hour to move three points clear of the drop zone.

Khazri had already forced Fabien Audard into a smart save before Modeste grabbed the opener following a swift counter-attack. Julian Palmieri set the on-loan Bordeaux striker through and he beat Audard with a cool finish.

There was nothing composed about Modeste a minute later as he went in recklessly on Monnet-Paquet and was sent off.

Lorient took until the half-hour to get level when Kone rose highest to nod in Alain Traore's free-kick - but three minutes later they were behind again.

Audard's weak clearance was emphatically capitalised on by Khazri as he swooped on the loose ball before smashing in a low drive from outside the area.

Bastia could even have had a third before half-time when Palmieri's long pass released Sambou Yatabare but he could not beat Audard.

Lorient's expected surge in the second 45 minutes never truly materialised despite Jeremie Aliadiere shooting just wide after the restart.

Instead, Bastia continued to threaten on the break with Audard reacting to save from Florian Thauvin, who also hit the post after some poor defending late on.

Home goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi still needed to make a vital save in the closing stages as he kept out Aliadiere's 30-yard screamer at full stretch.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 33 56
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Nice 33 39
14 Rennes 33 38
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20