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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 Marseille 11 25
2 Paris St Germain 11 21
3 Lyon 11 20
4 St Etienne 11 20
5 Nantes 11 19
6 Bordeaux 11 18
7 Nice 11 17
8 Monaco 11 17
9 Rennes 11 15
10 Metz 11 15
11 Lille 11 15
12 Toulouse 11 14
13 Montpellier 11 14
14 Reims 11 14
15 Caen 11 12
16 RC Lens 11 11
17 Lorient 11 10
18 Bastia 11 10
19 Evian Thonon Gaillar 11 10
20 Guingamp 11 9