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French Ligue 1

Francis le Ble 11th May 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: C Turpin

Brest Brest vs Sochaux Sochaux

Brest 0

F Lejeune (S/O 77)


Sochaux 2

S Privat (48, 81)

Privat at the double

Last Updated: 11/05/13 10:38pm

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All smiles: Sloan Privat wheels away in celebration

All smiles: Sloan Privat wheels away in celebration

Two goals from Sloan Privat moved Sochaux to the brink of safety, while condemning Brest to a 2-0 defeat which leaves them on the brink of relegation to Ligue 2.

Privat's second-half double subjected Brest to an eighth successive defeat which means Landry Chauvin's team are six points from safety with just two games remaining.

Following a relatively quiet opening to the match, Sochaux's Vincent Nogueira came close to opening the scoring in the 20th minute but his superb half-volley was kept out by Alexis Thebaux.

In a frantic spell midway through the first half, Brest were desperately unlucky not to take the lead.

Firstly Simon Pouplin turned away Floyd Ayite's header before, from the resulting corner, Ayite once again forced the visitors' goalkeeper into a superb save to keep the scores level.

Then, just moments later, Florian Raspentino failed to get a telling touch to Benoit Lesoimier's delivery as the hosts began to turn the screw.

Privat failed to find the target shortly before the break with an acrobatic effort, ensuring both sides went into the interval level.

Pouplin's first-half efforts paid off shortly after half-time when his side took the lead following a mix-up in the Brest defence.

Giovanni Sio crossed from the left and some hesitancy from Bernard Mendy and Thebaux allowed Privat a simple finish into an open net.

Brest thought they had levelled just a few minutes later but Florian Lejeune's header from a Mario Licka free-kick was ruled out for offside.

Sochaux's dominance continued though and Sio pounced on a Thebaux parry but saw his goalbound effort cleared away by Tripy Makonda.

The visitors continued to impress and Thebaux needed to make a magnificent save to turn Rafael Dias' free-kick on to the bar.

Sochaux's persistence paid off though when they got a second goal with less than 10 minutes left to play.

Dias swung a corner in and Privat arrived at the near post to nod the ball beyond Thebaux and secure a second successive win for Eric Hely's men.

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2 Paris St Germain 10 18
3 Bordeaux 10 18
4 Lyon 10 17
5 St Etienne 10 17
6 Nantes 10 16
7 Metz 10 15
8 Lille 10 15
9 Toulouse 10 14
10 Monaco 10 14
11 Montpellier 10 14
12 Nice 10 14
13 Rennes 10 12
14 Reims 10 11
15 Lorient 10 10
16 Bastia 10 10
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 10 10
18 Caen 10 9
19 Guingamp 10 9
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