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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 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15