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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 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11