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Auguste-Bonal (ATT 12,349) 15th February 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: P Kalt

Sochaux Sochaux vs Guingamp Guingamp

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S Sunzu (84)

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Sun shines for Sochaux

Last Updated: 15/02/14 9:44pm

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Sochaux's Zambian defender Stoppila Sunzu celebrates

Sochaux's Zambian defender Stoppila Sunzu celebrates

Stoppila Sunzu's late goal earned Sochaux a vital three points in their battle to beat relegation from Ligue 1 as they beat Guingamp 1-0.

The Zambia defender became the hosts' likeliest source of a goal as the game neared its conclusion, and finally found the breakthrough with six minutes remaining.

The win takes Herve Renard's 19th-placed side within five points of 17th-placed Evian and eight behind their opponents.

Sunzu was almost the villain earlier in the piece when he misjudged a cross and presented Mustapha Yatabare with a clear sight of goal, but the Guingamp forward shot over.

Sochaux were in the ascendancy for the remainder of the first half, though, first when Sebastien Roudet's free-kick was headed goalwards by Roy Contout but saved by Mamadou Samassa.

The same two players linked up from another set-piece soon afterwards, Contout volleying Roudet's corner just wide.

Roudet was at the centre of everything and it was his pass that created a chance for on-loan Marseille forward Jordan Ayew, who went past Christophe Kerbrat but saw Samassa save to preserve the goalless half-time scoreline.

Ayew was in the action again early in the second half, racing on to Contout's pass and firing just a fraction wide of the left-hand post.

Rachid Alioui's header at the other end was saved by Yohann Pele but the chance was only a brief respite for Guingamp.

Sunzu fired into the side-netting from another Roudet corner and saw another close-range effort blocked well by Samassa.

But from an 84th-minute free-kick, awarded when Reynald Lemaitre fouled Pierre-Alain Frau, Sunzu climbed unmarked to head the ball past Samassa for the only goal.

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9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
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12 Bastia 38 47
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14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
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19 Metz 38 30
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