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Municipal De Gerland 12th December 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: J Cailleux

Lyon Lyon vs Nancy Nancy

Lyon 1

M Bastos (83)

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Nancy 1

J Loties (74)

Lyon held by struggling Nancy

Last Updated: 12/12/12 10:23pm

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Michel Bastos (l): Scored Lyon's equaliser

Michel Bastos (l): Scored Lyon's equaliser

Michel Bastos rescued Lyon from an embarrassing result as the Ligue 1 leaders came from behind to share a draw with bottom club Nancy.

Despite being 35 points better off than their opponents, and having home advantage, Les Gones found themselves trailing to a Jordan Loties goal in the second half.

However, Bastos struck eight minutes from time to consolidate Lyon's position at the top, while the result also lifts Nancy off the foot of the standings.

Remi Garde's Lyon came into the match on the back of three successive victories but the visitors had won just once all season and drawn their last four.

However, it was Nancy who created the first chance after eight minutes, with Yohan Mollo's 30-yard free-kick headed goalwards by Loties and blocked on the line by goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre.

Lyon responded with a low drive from Bafetimbis Gomis which was well held by Damien Gregorini in the Nancy goal, before Vercoutre was called back into the action to punch away a powerful shot from Djamel Bakar.

Nancy continued to drive forward for the rest of the half and Lyon had Vercoutre to thank for keeping them on level terms, with saves to deny Lossemy Karaboue and another header from Loties.

The visitors threatened again after the interval but Vercoutre once more proved equal to the challenge in turning away a low strike from Loties.

The defender eventually made the breakthrough for Nancy in the 74th minute, though. Mollo's free-kick was met at the far post by Salif Sane, but although his header was fisted away by Vercoutre, Loties provided a cool finish from close range.

A shock result appeared to be on the cards at Stade Gerland until Bastos came to the rescue nine minutes later, combining with Steed Malbranque before beating Gregorini with a low 20-yard drive.

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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