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French Ligue 1

LOSC Lille Metropole 26th April 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: P Kalt

Lille Lille vs Sochaux Sochaux

Lille 3

S Kalou (26, 45)
M Basa (49)


Sochaux 3

C Kante (79)
V Nogueira (84, 86)

Ligue 1: Sochaux come from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Lille

Last Updated: 27/04/13 12:57pm

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Sochaux: Celebrate remarkable late comeback

Sochaux: Celebrate remarkable late comeback

Sochaux scored three late goals to claim an unexpected 3-3 draw against European hopefuls Lille at a stunned Stade Lille-Metropole.

Cedric Kante's goal allied to a Vincent Nogueira brace in the final 10 minutes was enough to gain a point for Sochaux after Soloman Kalou's double and a Marko Basa strike had given Rudi Garcia's hosts a comfortable lead.

Despite the draw, the Montbeliard side still face another week in the bottom three of Ligue 1 having won just one game in their previous nine outings, while two dropped points for Lille meant they missed the chance to pull level with third-placed Lyon.

The hosts dominated the first half with Dimitri Payet pulling the strings, and they were denied a penalty when Kalou made the most of a barge in the back.

Payet and Kalou both had efforts before the ex-Chelsea man opened the scoring with 25 minutes played. Payet and Ronny Rodelin combined to pick out Kalou who cut inside before beating Simon Pouplin with a drive from distance.

Lille had a goal ruled out for offside and Marvin Martin hit the crossbar with a free-kick before Kalou doubled his tally just before the break.

Sochaux defender Carlao cleared a dangerous Rodelin cross but only as far as the Ivorian who turned before poking into the top corner.

Les Dogues thought they had secured the three points shortly after the restart when a deflected Rodelin shot fell into the path of Basa who was left the straightforward task of heading the ball beyond Pouplin.

However, Sochaux sprang into life and Giovanni Sio saw an effort turned away by Steeve Elana before Cedric Bakambu was unlucky to see a penalty shout turned down after being brought down by Laurent Bonnart.

The visitors' increased pressure paid off with 10 minutes left when Kante escaped his marker from a free-kick and cleverly slipped the ball beyond Elana.

With the wind in their sails, Sochaux continued to press and pulled another back when Elana allowed a straightforward Noguiera free-kick to get beyond him and, having only just dusted himself down, the 32-year-old keeper was picking the ball back out of the net again moments later.

In almost identical circumstances, Nogueira fired a direct free-kick at goal and once again Elana misjudged the effort and Sochaux claimed an unlikely point.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15