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French Ligue 1

Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani (ATT 12,442) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

Bastia Bastia vs Sochaux Sochaux

Bastia 2

G Bruno (53)
D Cisse (68)


Sochaux 2

J Ayew (45)
S Corchia (45+1)

Bastia battle back for point

Last Updated: 05/04/14 9:51pm

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Sochaux celebrate at Bastia

Sochaux celebrate at Bastia

Bastia fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Sochaux that severely dents the Montbeliard outfit's hopes of avoiding relegation.

Visiting Sochaux had looked on course for their first away win of the season in Ligue 1 after scoring twice on the stroke of half-time through Jordan Ayew and Sebastien Corchia.

A victory would have lifted them to within six points of safety, but they were hit by a superb second-half fightback by mid-table Bastia, who earned a share of the spoils thanks to goals from Gianni Bruno and Djibril Cisse.

The first half had looked destined to finish scoreless with the two sides mustering only one decent chance each in the first 44 minutes, Nathan Sinkala's 20-yard drive going inches wide for Sochaux before Bruno saw his effort from distance well saved by Yohann Pele.

However, with the half almost up, Sochaux stunned their hosts by netting twice in quick succession.

Ayew opened the scoring with a looping header from Sebastien Corchia and then the Ghana international helped set up the second for Corchia.

Ayew freed Sebastien Roudet down the left and his cross was headed by Roy Contout into Corchia's path and he tapped home from four yards out.

For a side that had only picked up three points from their 16 previous away games this season, a rare victory on their travels looked tantalising close at the interval.

However, that prospect was smashed as Bastia pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute when Bruno thumped a header past Pele before Cisse struck a stunning equaliser 15 minutes later.

Romaric's 40-yard pass picked out the run of Cisse and the former France international crashed home a first-time volley on the run to leave Mickael Landreau with no chance in the home goal.

That would have been a demoralising moment for Sochaux, but they picked themselves up and almost retook the lead four minutes later only for Landreau to produce a superb reflex save to keep out Contout's shot and ensure his side a point.

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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