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French Ligue 1

Stade de Moustir 2nd March 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: J Cailleux

Lorient Lorient vs Valenciennes Valenc'nes

Lorient 1

K Monnet-Paquet (4)

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Valenc'nes 1

G Danic (pen 80)

Danic rescues a point

Last Updated: 02/03/13 10:07pm

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Gael Danic: Scored a late penalty

Gael Danic: Scored a late penalty

Gael Danic's 79th-minute penalty ensured Valenciennes claimed a point at Lorient.

Danic slotted home from the spot late on after Lorient defender Arnaud Le Lan had handled in the area.

The hosts had taken a third-minute lead through Kevin Monnet-Paquet's low strike, their first chance of the game, but Le Lan's error cost them dear and they remain ninth in Ligue 1 - five points and two places better than tonight's opponents.

Lorient were looking for revenge, having suffered a 6-1 defeat against Valenciennes earlier this season.

And they could not have wished for a better start as they took the lead with their first real sight at goal.

Monnet-Paquet played a one-two with strike partner Jeremie Aliadiere before driving low past Valenciennes goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau from the edge of the area.

The visitors were nearly on level terms soon after, though, with Mathieu Dossevi dribbling past Lorient captain Bruno Manga before curling against the crossbar.

Les Merlus attempted to make full use of their let off and Penneteau had to be at his best to deny Aliadiere's volley and Maxime Barthelme's low strike.

Penneteau's opposite number Fabien Audard kept out Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar's volley from just outside the box to protect Lorient's lead.

The Cameroon striker then volleyed inches wide after the interval, while Audard kept out Gregory Pujol's snap shot from 20 yards.

Lorient were also a threat going forward and Barthelme went close with his effort that went narrowly over the bar.

But their inability to grab an all-important second goal came back to haunt them when Danic sent Audard the wrong way from the spot 11 minutes from time after Le Lan had handled in the area.

Christian Gourcuff's men still had an opportunity to retake the lead, but Penneteau made a fantastic save from Manga's close-range header.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23