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Stade Nungesser 1st December 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Reims Reims

Valenc'nes 1

F Kadir (6)

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Reims 0

Kadir proves the difference

Last Updated: 01/12/12 10:21pm

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Gael Danic (left) battles for the ball

Gael Danic (left) battles for the ball

Valenciennes climbed to fifth in the Ligue 1 standings as Foued Kadir's early goal saw off Reims.

Kadir struck after only six minutes to settle the encounter at the Stade Nungesser in the hosts' favour, despite the visitors dominating thereafter.

The result kept VA within six points of leaders Lyon, while for Reims it was a seventh defeat of the campaign and left the promoted team only one point above third-bottom Sochaux.

The game's solitary goal arrived from the first attack, Kadir instantly controlling Gaetan Bong's pass before despatching a neat shot across Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa.

The visitors had a couple of decent chances to equalise soon after going behind, but found Valenciennes goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau a solid last line of defence.

Penneteau first did well to keep out a Florent Ghisolfi 20-yard blast from Nicolas Fauvergue's pass, and then produced a fine block to keep out Floyd Ayite's curling effort from the edge of the box after he too had been fed by Fauvergue.

VA could have extended their lead just before the half-hour mark, though, when Anthony Le Tallec latched onto Gael Danic's through-ball and unleashed a right-footed shot which skimmed the bottom of the post on its way wide.

It was Reims' turn to be denied by the woodwork six minutes after the interval, substitute Kamel Ghilas' volley from Diego's cross striking the post.

Ghilas again went close after 65 minutes, his fierce attempt just missing the top corner after a slick pass from fellow substitute Odair Fortes.

And when they did get their efforts on target they continued to find Penneteau in fine form, the VA keeper deflecting the ball away to safety after Ghilas was again put through by Antoine Devaux and managed to get his shot away.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26