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Auguste-Bonal (ATT 12,269) 1st February 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: O Thual

Sochaux Sochaux vs Nantes Nantes

Sochaux 1

S Sunzu (45)


Nantes 0

Sochaux upset Nantes

Last Updated: 01/02/14 9:51pm

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Sochaux's Stoppila Sunzu is congratulated by Herve Renard

Sochaux's Stoppila Sunzu is congratulated by Herve Renard

Sochaux defied the Ligue 1 form book to claim only their third league victory of the season over high-flying Nantes, emerging as 1-0 victors.

The visitors may have been distracted by their upcoming Coupe de la Ligue semi-final against Paris St Germain, but they paid the price as Stopilla Sunzu scored the winner on the stroke of half-time.

With Sochaux remain rooted in the bottom three, still seven points from safety, this result has more impact at the top of the table as Nantes fall seven points off the top-four race.

Nantes had dominated the opening stages, with Pierrick Cros doing well to keep out a powerful Alejandro Bedoya header before Ismael Bangoura fired narrowly wide.

In the 25th minute, Bangoura did manage to beat Cros but this time Carlao scrambled back to clear the ball off the line.

They were rewarded moments before the break when Sunzu found space to head in Sebastien Roudet's free-kick.

Nantes resumed their onslaught early in the second half but Cros was equal to a header from Bedoya after a good run from Olivier Veigneau.

Sochaux had their only other chance of the match in the 57th minute when Jordan Ayew broke forward, but Remy Riou turned his shot away.

Nantes had further opportunities to level soon after, but Cros twice denied Serge Gakpe as Sochaux hung on for a morale-boosting win.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 35 71
2 Paris St Germain 34 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 34 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26