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

Sochaux Sochaux vs Guingamp Guingamp

Sochaux 1

S Sunzu (84)


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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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Paris St Germain 23 47
3 Marseille 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20