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French Ligue 1

Stade du Moustoir (ATT 15,152) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: T Chapron

Lorient Lorient vs Bastia Bastia

Lorient 1

B Manga (35)

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Bastia 1

G Bruno (50)

Lorient held by Bastia

Last Updated: 01/03/14 9:53pm

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Fethi Harek vies with Vincent Aboubakar

Fethi Harek vies with Vincent Aboubakar

Lorient's poor run continued as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Bastia.

Ecuele Manga's 35th-minute strike gave Lorient hope of ending their barren streak - they have won just once in 10 games - only for Gianni Bruno to equalise shortly after half-time.

Lorient had been dreaming of an unlikely European push when they strung five wins together in December, but their form has deserted them completely and plunged them into the bottom half of Ligue 1.

The hosts created the first chance after eight minutes when Kevin Monnet-Paquet raced down the left and laid the ball back to Vincent Aboubaker. His shot was sweetly hit, but high over the crossbar.

Florent Chaigneau made a good save when Bastia first threatened, holding on from a 25-yard Christian Romaric curler. Chaigneau then turned another long-range try from Julien Sable behind for a corner.

Lorient grabbed the lead 10 minutes before half-time when Manga turned in a Yann Jouffre free-kick.

Jouffre fizzed the set-piece into a dangerous position and Manga out-positioned the away defence to be first to the ball and score.

Lorient's lead was short-lived as Bastia levelled four minutes after the re-start.

It was a memorable strike too as Bruno lashed a volley, after being found by veteran Djibril Cisse, with pace and accuracy.

Lorient almost stole the lead right back when Jeremy Aliadiere beat Jean-Louis Leca, only to see Romaric race back and clear the goal-bound shot.

Wahbi Khazri saw a shot well kept out by Chaigneau as Bastia tried to take toll of Lorient's recent wobbles, before Monnet-Paquet hit the home side's last chance straight at the keeper.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 10 25
2 Paris St Germain 10 18
3 Bordeaux 10 18
4 Lyon 10 17
5 St Etienne 10 17
6 Nantes 10 16
7 Metz 10 15
8 Lille 10 15
9 Toulouse 10 14
10 Monaco 10 14
11 Montpellier 10 14
12 Nice 10 14
13 Rennes 10 12
14 Reims 10 11
15 Lorient 10 10
16 Bastia 10 10
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 10 10
18 Caen 10 9
19 Guingamp 10 9
20 RC Lens 10 8