Sun shines for Sochaux
Last Updated: 15/02/14 9:44pm
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.
French Ligue 1
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