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Municipal De Gerland (ATT 36,099) 11th January 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: S Lannoy

Lyon Lyon vs Sochaux Sochaux

Lyon 2

C Grenier (57)
Y Gourcuff (75)

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Lyon sink Sochaux

Last Updated: 11/01/14 9:50pm

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Lyon's French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff celebrates

Lyon's French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff celebrates

Second-half goals from Clement Grenier and Yoann Gourcuff helped Lyon to a 2-0 win over struggling Sochaux on Saturday night.

It was as regulation a win as the home side could have hoped for, with relegation-haunted Sochaux never looking like the side which beat Rennes last time out and more like the one with just two league wins to its name this season.

Lyon enjoyed the bulk of the chances throughout and, after a wasteful first half, finally took some of them in the second period to take a first win in three.

They had plenty of opportunities to do so, with Gueida Fofana the first culprit as he slapped over following great work from Bafetembi Gomis.

Anthony Lopes then saved well from Cedric Bakambu at the other end, but Lyon's chances continued, with Alexandre Lacazette even more wasteful from close range.

Gomis then took aim himself as a volley skipped just wide and the pressure told with 55 minutes on the clock.

Grenier was the scorer, lining up a free-kick from 20 yards and sending an unstoppable 20-yard shot into the top left corner.

The goal gave Sochaux a poke and Jordan Ayew drew a save from Lopes, but Lyon quickly returned to the front foot.

Gourcuff crossed for Samuel Umtiti to have a header cleared off the line, before with 16 minutes left Grenier's cross found Gomis and, although he could not get a clean connection, Gourcuff was on hand to crack in a brilliant clinching volley.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 33 56
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Nice 33 39
14 Rennes 33 38
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20