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French Ligue 1

Stade de L'Aube 9th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Benoit Millot

Troyes Troyes vs Sochaux Sochaux

Troyes 0

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Sochaux 0

Troyes move off the bottom

Last Updated: 09/02/13 10:17pm

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Troyes' defender Florian Jarjat (r) vies with Sloan Privat

Troyes' defender Florian Jarjat (r) vies with Sloan Privat

Troyes moved off bottom spot by the slightest of margins with a goalless draw against a Sochaux side who also remain in deep trouble in the Ligue 1 survival battle.

A point drew the home side level with Nancy on 18 points, with a slightly superior goals-scored record giving Troyes the edge.

Sochaux remain one point and one place above the drop zone after an uninspiring encounter that deserved no victor.

Sebastien Corchia had what was probably Sochaux's best chance in the 17th minute when he struck a free-kick from 25 yards out and skimmed the outside of the post.

The visitors then drew a save from Yohann Thuram-Ulien when Ryad Boudebouz's smart run and pass found Sebastien Roudet, who flashed a volley at the Troyes keeper.

Troyes tested Simon Pouplin in the away goal after 24 minutes, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck with a near-post effort that was their only real shot of the half.

Joseph Lopy hit a powerful long-range effort six minutes before half-time but Thuram-Ulien stood firm.

Thuram-Ulien continued the stalemate when he smothered Roudet's volley after the restart and Troyes briefly flicked into life at the other end.

Benjamin Nivet linked well with Stephane Darbion, the latter seeing his shot saved by Pouplin.

Nivet almost decorated the game with a goal it scarcely deserved when he attempted an audacious lob, but Pouplin backtracked quickly enough to keep the 58th-minute effort out.

The final chance of the evening fell to Vincent Nogueira eight minutes from the end but Sochaux were unable to steal the points when Thuram-Ulien ensured his clean sheet at the second attempt.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 26 54
2 Paris St Germain 26 52
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 25 43
5 St Etienne 26 42
6 Bordeaux 26 41
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Guingamp 26 35
9 Caen 27 34
10 Nice 26 34
11 Bastia 26 33
12 Nantes 26 33
13 Lille 26 32
14 Rennes 26 32
15 Reims 26 31
16 Lorient 25 28
17 Toulouse 26 28
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 25 26
19 RC Lens 26 22
20 Metz 26 22