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  • November 23, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Ètienne
  • Referee: S. Ennjimi
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Ligue 1 Round 14 Results: Marseille catch Lyon after leaders suffer heavy defeat

Ligue 1 Round 14 Results: Marseille catch Lyon after leaders suffer heavy defeat

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Joey Barton featured in his first domestic game as Elie Baup's men went joint top, while Saint-Etienne's fine run continued, and Nancy were frustrated yet again

SAINT-ETIENNE 2-0 VALENCIENNES

Saint-Etienne's fine start to the season continued as they provisionally went top of Ligue 1 on Friday night with a 1-0 win against Valenciennes.

Daniel Sanchez's men were also in the mix to take top spot but will be disappointed by their poor display at Stade Geoffrey Guichard.

The match-winning goal came in the 73rd minute after Renaud Cohade - formerly of Valenciennes - laid on a fine through-ball towards Romain Hamouma, who subsequently broke the deadlock.

Valenciennes could not manage to fashion an equaliser, as they suffered defeat and ensure Sainte were unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions.

AS NANCY 1-1 AC AJACCIO

AS Nancy's woeful league record does not look like it will abate any time soon, as they were denied late on by Ajaccio.

The bottom side took the lead after eight minutes through Djamel Bakar, who calmly beat the challenge of Carl Medjani to fire past Guillermo Ochoa.

Despite Ajaccio pressure, the closest they went was through Adrian Mutu, with the Romanian forward's effort crashing off the woodwork, as Eduardo also saw an opportunity denied.

Nevertheless, the Corsicans upped the ante, and eventually were awarded a penalty after Romain Grange's handball. Up stepped Mutu to restore parity and - in the end - a point for Alex Dupont's visitors.

SOCHAUX 0-1 OGC NICE

Nice soared into the top ten, whilst condemning Sochaux to the relegation zone after a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory at Stade Auguste Bonal.

Roy Contout ensured Sochaux started the brighter with a great chance early on, though at the opposite end Camel Meriem ensured that Simon Pouplin had work to do.

Just before the interval, the match swung in the visitors' favour as Contout was alleged to have handballed, leaving Dario Cvitanich to fire his sixth league goal of the season.

Nice perhaps should've won by more, as Nemanja Pecjinovic and Renato Civelli both saw efforts strike the post, but nevertheless, Claude Puel's side can be happy with their win.

SC BASTIA 2-1 FC LORIENT

SC Bastia held firm to deny Lorient in an entertaining encounter at Stade Armand Cesari. Bastia ensured their first win in four games, despite featuring with ten men for 78 minutes.

An end-to-end start saw Jeremie Aliadiere and Benjamin Corgnet go close, before Fabien Audard was beaten by Anthony Modeste who opened the scoring with 11 minutes on the clock.

Barely a minute passed before Modeste was shown a straight red card, going from hero to zero with a lunging challenge on Kevin Monnet-Paquet.

Lamine Kone equalised after the half-hour mark, turning in from Alain Traore's cross before Wahib Khazri's powerful effort saw him hand Bastia the advantage once more four minutes later.

Les Merlus could not find another, as Bastia's rearguard remained solid, and earn them a morale-boosting victory.

STADE DE REIMS 0-0 STADE BREST

Reims' winless run stretched to six games, as they were frustratingly held to a 0-0 draw by Brest on Saturday evening.

The hosts' decent start to the season has all but evaporated as Diego Rigonato saw a great chance missed, before Larsen Toure spurned a one-on-one against Kossi Agassa.

Neither side could break the deadlock in a keenly-contested encounter, though Brest held on to claim their first point away from home this season.

Reims meanwhile drop to 15th place, after troubling the likes of Marseille, PSG and Lyon just over a month ago.

STADE RENNES 0-1 EVIAN TG

Evian shocked in-form Stade Rennes, by claiming a 1-0 victory at Stade de la Route de Lorient on Saturday evening.

Rennes were lucky not to be behind early on as Fabrice Ehret's well-drilled strike came off the woodwork, before Romain Alessandrini and Jonathan Pitroipa saw efforts thwarted by Bertrand Laquait.

Despite the hosts being in the ascendancy, they were undone by Zouheir Dhaouadi, who struck his first-ever Ligue 1 goal by latching onto Brice Dja Dje's fine pass.

Evian's first-ever win over Rennes means they move out of the bottom three, as the hosts passed up the chance to move up to third.

MONTPELLIER 1-0 GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX

Montpellier made up for their Champions League defeat away to Arsenal, by beating in-form Bordeaux for the second time this season.

Following on from their Coupe de la Ligue triumph last month, the hosts started brightly in a period which saw Marco Estrada fire against the post, before Souleymane Camara's fine header went wide.

Bordeaux stepped up their efforts, as Nicolas Maurice-Belay was denied by Laurent Pionnier, before Yann Gouffran saw his effort well blocked by Abdelhamid El-Kaoutari.

In the end, Rene Girard's men broke the deadlock as Romain Pitau's good ball in the path of Remy Cabella, saw him strike a sweet effort past Cedric Carrasso, and deny Bordeaux top spot.

TOULOUSE FC 3-0 OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS

Toulouse shrugged off three consecutive defeats by upstaging Olympique Lyonnais 3-0 in a shock result at Stadium Municipal.

Lyon's poor record spoke for itself, but after seizing top spot last weekend, and the bonus of their female team becoming world champions earlier in the day, but their male counterparts were surprisingly put to the sword.

Toulouse were utterly dominant, as Remy Vercoutre denied Moussa Sissoko, Wissam Ben Yedder saw a goal ruled out for offside, before Etienne Capoue struck the woodwork.

They eventually did get the opener as Ben Yedder converted Franck Tabanou's low ball. It was 2-0 later on in the second half, as Ben Yedder latched onto Serge Aurier's fine assist, to bag his eighth league goal of the season.

Etienne Capoue rounded off the win late on, as Lyon let their lead at the top slip.

OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE 1-0 LOSC LILLE

Olympique de Marseille went joint-top of Ligue 1 on Sunday with a narrow 1-0 victory over 10-man Lille at Stade Velodrome.

The visitors were dangerous early on with Nolan Roux and Dimitri Payet keeping captain Steve Mandanda on his toes in a fiercely competitive game.

Joey Barton was handed his first league start after completing a 12 match ban following his Premier League dismissal on the final day of the 2011-12 season, and he performed well to carve out openings for his team-mates.

Mickael Landreau was the hero though as just before half-time, he produced a fantastic triple save to deny Mathieu Valbuena, Andre Ayew and Benoit Cheyrou, before Jordan Ayew saw a goal ruled out for offside.

Florent Balmont was shown a second yellow card after fouling Valbuena, before a minute after the restart saw Jordan Ayew open the scoring with a fine header following the winger's cross. Lille could not penetrate the solid Marseille defence due to a numerical disadvantage.

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