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Stade Nungesser (ATT 11,816) 25th January 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Stephane Jochem

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Lorient Lorient

Valenc'nes 1

G Pujol (52)

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Lorient 1

S Ciss (og 39)

Valenciennes secure vital point

Last Updated: 25/01/14 9:55pm

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David Ducourtioux and Lorient's Raphael Guerreiro vie for the ball

David Ducourtioux and Lorient's Raphael Guerreiro vie for the ball

Ligue 1 strugglers Valenciennes claimed a point against Lorient in the 1-1 draw at the Stade du Hainaut on Saturday night.

Saliou Ciss' 39th-minute own goal had given Lorient the lead but Gregory Pujol netted the equaliser for the home side shortly after the break to claim a vital point.

The result leaves Valenciennes third bottom of the overall standings on 18 points, three adrift of safety.

Lorient, meanwhile, remained in 10th place with 31 points.

Despite their lowly position, Valenciennes had the best of the early chances, with Rudy Mater shooting just inches wide after racing 25 yards up the field.

Tongo Doumbia then tested Lorient goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet with a right-footed strike in the 23rd minute, but the ball was steered to safety.

Lorient hit back through a good move which involved Jeremie Aliadiere, Vincent Aboubakar and Raphael Guerreiro, with the latter unleashing a powerful strike which was denied by goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau.

However, Lorient did break through nine minutes later but it was thanks to Valenciennes defender Ciss, who headed Gregory Bourillon's corner into his own goal.

The visitors went close three minutes after the break when Alain Traore freed Aliadiere in the middle of the field, who fired a shot and forced a reflex save from Penneteau.

VA then hit back in the 52nd minute when Pujol headed in at the near post from Mathieu Dossevi's corner.

Traore forced a save from the Lorient before Ciss tried to atone for his earlier error when he set Doumbia through, only for Reynet to make a block.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23