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French Ligue 1

Chaban-Delmas 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: P Kalt

Bordeaux Bordeaux vs Valenciennes Valenc'nes

Bordeaux 2

D Bellion (33)
L Obraniak (71)

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Valenc'nes 0

Easy for Bordeaux

Last Updated: 02/02/13 10:18pm

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Ludovic Obraniak scored for Bordeaux

Ludovic Obraniak scored for Bordeaux

Bordeaux continued their climb up the Ligue 1 standings with a comfortable victory over Valenciennes.

Goals from David Bellion and Ludovic Obraniak earned the points for Les Girondins, who have lost just once in nine league matches and now sit fourth in the table.

Valenciennes have now gone four matches without a win and lie eight points off the European places.

Both teams needed time to settle but it was Bordeaux who threatened first after 20 minutes with a right-footed volley from Jaroslav Plasil which was blocked on the line by visiting goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau.

Valenciennes' response was a diving header from Younousse Sankhare which had to be punched clear by Cedric Carrasso.

Penneteau was tested again on the half-hour mark by Nicolas Maurice-Belay, who made the most of a poor clearance before hitting a first-time shot which was pushed away by the goalkeeper.

But Les Girondins were in front two minutes later. Obraniak's corner was met by Henrique, who saw his header saved by Penneteau only for Bellion to smash home the rebound.

Bordeaux looked even more confident after the interval and Henri Saivet was inches wide with a powerful strike from 30 yards, before the forward had another chance with his right foot but was again narrowly off target.

Obraniak gave the home side some breathing space after 72 minutes, though, providing the finish from close range to a tidy pass from Benoit Tremoulinas.

Carrasso was not a complete bystander for the rest of the match and had to deal with a strike from Mathieu Dossevi which took a wicked deflection off Tremoulinas.

But Bordeaux looked the team most likely to score again, although Fahid Ben Khalfallah was frustrated in the closing stages by another good stop from Penneteau.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 22 44
3 Paris St Germain 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 22 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20