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French Ligue 1

Stade de L'Aube 23rd February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: S Ennjimi

Troyes Troyes vs Bastia Bastia

Troyes 0


Bastia 0

Troyes unbeaten in five

Last Updated: 24/02/13 12:11am

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Troyes: Unbeaten in five games

Troyes: Unbeaten in five games

A solitary point from a goalless draw with Bastia did little to boost Troyes' chances of surviving in Ligue 1 but the strugglers are now unbeaten in five games.

Bastia, who are just three points clear of the relegation zone, left the mainland frustrated they had not sealed victory in the 80th minute as Yohann Thuram kept out Jerome Rothen's searing volley.

Stephane Darbion and Julien Faussurier enjoyed promising chances for the hosts but Estac are finding goals desperately hard to come by in their bid to reign in 17th-placed Reims, who are five points better off.

Troyes started brightly and visiting goalkeeper Mickael Landreau was forced to look lively when Corentin Jean directed a low drive on target inside four minutes.

Thuram's palms were warmed when Claudio Beauvue controlled Wahbi Khazri's cross to shoot but it was Landreau who would face a more thorough examination across 90 minutes.

Fabien Camus brought the ball down the right wing to pick out Darbion for a powerful shot and this time the former Lille goalkeeper repelled the danger with his legs.

A resilient Bastia almost made the breakthrough before the break but Thuram used a firm hand to punch away a left-footed volley from Anthony Modeste.

Landreau carried his focus through the interval and stood tall to deny Camus when Troyes put a fluid team move together.

It looked like the fizz had gone out of the game when Modeste drove a long-range shot wide of a post but the real action had been saved until the end.

With 15 minutes remaining, substitute Jean-Christophe Bahebeck released Faussurier inside the box only for Landreau to miraculously deflect his fierce effort to safety.

Troyes' heads soon dropped and so they had the alert Thuram to thank when he put his gloved hand between a perfect Rothen volley and his gaping goalmouth.

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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 26 50
4 Monaco 25 43
5 St Etienne 26 42
6 Bordeaux 26 41
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Guingamp 26 35
9 Nice 26 34
10 Bastia 26 33
11 Nantes 26 33
12 Lille 26 32
13 Rennes 26 32
14 Caen 26 31
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