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Auguste-Bonal 11th November 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: A Gautier

Sochaux Sochaux vs Lyon Lyon

Sochaux 1

S Privat (71)

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Lyon 1

M Gonalons (23)

Lyon denied top spot

Last Updated: 11/11/12 9:09pm

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Lisandro Lopez battles with Sebastien Corchia

Lisandro Lopez battles with Sebastien Corchia

Sloan Privat denied Lyon the chance to go top of the Ligue 1 table after his second-half goal earned Sochaux a valuable point from a 1-1 draw.

With Marseille being held at the death by Nice in Sunday's early game, top spot was there for the taking and Maxime Gonalons' goal halfway through the first half put Les Gones on course for the summit.

But the hosts rallied and Privat's cool finish saw Les Lionceaux match 17th-placed Evian on 11 points in their bid to escape the drop.

Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre had to look lively in the 20th minute as Ryad Boudebouz stormed into the box but three minutes later the ball found its way into the net at the other end.

Steed Malbranque curled a free-kick into the box from 35 yards, Gonalons stepping forward to slot home his second goal in as many games.

Les Gones could have doubled their lead before the break but Simon Pouplin guessed right when Alexandre Lacazette arrived in his area.

Pouplin blocked Rachid Ghezzal as play resumed and he earned hearty applause in the 54th minute by deflecting Lisandro Lopez's close-range effort behind for a corner.

Sochaux began to grow in confidence, laying siege to Vercoutre's goal, with the Lyon stopper having to deny Abdoul Camara before repelling a Privat header at full stretch.

But he was beaten in the 70th minute, Boudebouz releasing Privat with a long ball from deep and the French Guiana-born striker skipping past Milan Bisevac to rifle the ball home.

Remi Garde knew top spot was still there for the taking, though, and instructed his men to pile forward, but Pouplin would win the duel as Lisandro danced through on goal unchecked.

A solitary point was enough for Lyon to leapfrog St Etienne and Valenciennes into third place, while Sochaux stay 18th.


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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 34 72
3 Lille 34 64
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 34 52
7 Bordeaux 34 48
8 Reims 34 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Bastia 34 44
11 Nantes 34 43
12 Lorient 34 42
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Montpellier 34 39
15 Nice 34 39
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 34 35
18 Sochaux 34 33
19 Valenciennes 34 29
20 AC Ajaccio 34 20