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LOSC Lille Metropole (ATT 34,841) 8th February 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Stephane Jochem

Lille Lille vs Sochaux Sochaux

Lille 2

D Origi (4)
R Mendes (90+3)

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Sochaux 0

Lille back to winning ways

Last Updated: 08/02/14 9:32pm

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Ryan Mendes celebrates his goal

Ryan Mendes celebrates his goal

Lille returned to third place with their first win in Ligue 1 since the turn of the year.

Goals fully 90 minutes apart from Divock Origi and Ryan Mendes inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Sochaux and took Lille three points clear of St Etienne, who drew with Toulouse on Friday evening.

Sochaux remain second from bottom, eight points adrift of 17th-placed Evian, after failing to build on their win over Nantes.

The visitors included debutant goalkeeper Yohann Pele, but just three minutes in he was forced to fetch the ball out of the back of his net. Florent Balmont swung over a corner which Origi headed powerfully in.

Pele made a positive impact in the ninth minute with a point-blank save from Djibril Sidibe and, four minutes later, turned Salomon Kalou's shot around the post.

Origi went close to his second goal midway through the half, skating past Roy Contout before firing in a shot from an angle, but Pele stood firm and half-time arrived with no addition to the score.

Sochaux coach Herve Renard sent on striker Cedric Bakambu in place of Emmanuel Mayuka at the interval and the newcomer almost equalised two minutes later, heading just over from Sebastien Roudet's cross.

Nolan Roux shot wide and Balmont fired over as Lille struggled to put the game to bed.

That almost allowed Contout to snatch a scarcely-deserved point for Sochaux, but his shot on the turn failed to test home keeper Vincent Enyeama.

And Lille killed off the game in the third minute of stoppage time when Mendes finished confidently at the end of a smart counter-attack.

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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