Ligue 1 review

Lille and Bordeaux held

September 15, 2012

Troyes' search for a first win of the Ligue 1 season will go on after they played out a 1-1 draw with Lille.

Dimitri Payet
GettyImagesDimitri Payet celebrates his goal for Lille

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Things could have been worse for the hosts, who trailed for much of the match to Dimitri Payet's first-half strike. However, substitute Sebastian Grax came to the rescue in the final few minutes to secure only the second point of the campaign for Troyes.

Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot's call for his side to take more of their chances fell on deaf ears as they were held to a goalless draw at Valenciennes.

Gillot had been happy with his team's unbeaten start but urged them be more ruthless in front of goal, only to watch them draw a blank.

By the finish, he might have been grateful just to get a point as Valenciennes enjoyed the better of the game and came closest to breaking the deadlock with a Rudy Mater effort that crashed back off the crossbar.

Sochaux picked up their first victory after beating St Etienne 1-0 at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.

Thierry Doubai's overhead kick after 75 minutes won the game for the visitors after the hosts had to play 80 minutes with 10 men due to Jonathan Brison being shown a straight red card. And Sochaux picked up their first victory in the capital of the Loire region in 13 attempts.

Evian picked up their first win of the season at the fifth time of asking, as everything clicked in a three-goal showing against Bastia.

Pascal Dupraz's side put on a show at the Parc des Sports, opening the scoring through Cedric Barbosa, with the same player putting the cap on it with 13 minutes left after Yannick Sagbo had netted a second.

Bastia can count themselves unlucky on the basis of the fact they did all the early running, even hitting the post through Toifilou Maoulida, but their failure to cash in on their chances cost them.

Nice enjoyed their first win, getting the better of Brest 4-2 after a dominant second-half display.

A lacklustre first half was soon forgotten once the second period began, with Camel Meriem, Nemanja Pejcinovic, Eric Bautheac and Valentin Eysseric all finding the target for the home side.

Jonathan Ayite and Paul Baysse replied for Brest but the damage had already been done by that stage.