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French Ligue 1

Auguste-Bonal 21st April 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: A Castro

Sochaux Sochaux vs Bordeaux Bordeaux

Sochaux 2

R Boudebouz (pen 34)
C Bakambu (64)


Bordeaux 2

Mariano (51)
C Diabate (78)

Draw hinders Sochaux & Bordeaux

Last Updated: 21/04/13 7:42pm

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Cheick Diabate earned a point for Bordeaux

Cheick Diabate earned a point for Bordeaux

A late Bordeaux equaliser denied Sochaux the chance to move out of the relegation zone but the 2-2 draw was surely not enough to revive their hopes of qualifying for Europe via the league.

Les Girondins moved into the semi-finals of the Coupe de France in midweek, but Marius Tresor - a member of Francis Gillot's coaching staff - was still adamant they could get back into the battle at the business end of Ligue 1 despite a poor run of form.

However, they could not back up that talk on the pitch as they twice trailed struggling Sochaux before Cheick Diabate's 78th-minute goal earned a point.

Sochaux even struck a post as time ran down, but a potentially crucial victory eluded them.

That was hard on Sochaux, who took a second lead of the afternoon through Cedric Bakambu in the 65th minute after Mariano earlier cancelled out Ryad Boudebouz's penalty.

Sochaux, their predicament clear, started strongly and Boudebouz forced a fine early save from Cedric Carrasso with a curling free-kick in the sixth minute.

Boudebouz then teed up Giovanni Sio whose attempted lob dropped just over the crossbar.

Bordeaux were struggling to create a threat, coming no closer in the first half than a 21st-minute Ludovic Obraniak shot that was repelled by the defenders in a crowded penalty area.

Instead, Carrasso was being kept busy at the other end, making a fine block to keep out Cedric Bakambu's left-footed effort in the corner of the goal.

Moments later, there was nothing he could do as Boudebouz sent him the wrong way from the penalty spot after Maxime Poundje's handball.

Bordeaux responded after the break and began to create a more serious threat.

Cedric Kante deflected Mariano's 20-yard effort away from goal in the 50th minute but the Brazilian had Bordeaux level seconds later, smashing home a volley from Poundje's cross.

Simon Pouplin then denied Diabate as they threatened to turn it around completely, but instead it was Sochaux who reclaimed the lead.

Theirry Doubai released Bakambu on the right-side of the area and he fired the ball in with an early shot that wrong-footed the goalkeeper.

However, with 12 minutes left, Diabate broke Sochaux hearts as he headed home from Lamine Sane's cross.

Sochaux almost claimed a dramatic winner in the 89th minute but Sebastien Corchia's shot came back off the upright.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26