February 9, 2013
Troyes 0-0 Sochaux
Troyes moved off bottom spot by the slightest of margins with a goalless draw against a Sochaux side who also remain in deep trouble in the Ligue 1 survival battle.
A point drew the home side level with Nancy on 18 points, with a slightly superior goals-scored record giving Troyes the edge.
Sochaux remain one point and one place above the drop zone after an uninspiring encounter that deserved no victor.
Sebastien Corchia had what was probably Sochaux's best chance in the 17th minute when he struck a free-kick from 25 yards out and skimmed the outside of the post.
The visitors then drew a save from Yohann Thuram-Ulien when Ryad Boudebouz's smart run and pass found Sebastien Roudet, who flashed a volley at the Troyes keeper.
Troyes tested Simon Pouplin in the away goal after 24 minutes, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck with a near-post effort that was their only real shot of the half.
Joseph Lopy hit a powerful long-range effort six minutes before half-time but Thuram-Ulien stood firm.
Thuram-Ulien continued the stalemate when he smothered Roudet's volley after the restart and Troyes briefly flicked into life at the other end.
Benjamin Nivet linked well with Stephane Darbion, the latter seeing his shot saved by Pouplin.
Nivet almost decorated the game with a goal it scarcely deserved when he attempted an audacious lob, but Pouplin backtracked quickly enough to keep the 58th-minute effort out.
The final chance of the evening fell to Vincent Nogueira eight minutes from the end but Sochaux were unable to steal the points when Thuram-Ulien ensured his clean sheet at the second attempt.
|16 Yohann Thuram-Ulien||16 Simon Pouplin|
|25 Jeremie Bréchet||6 Cédric Kanté|
|15 Florian Jarjat||27 Loïc Poujol|
|29 Quentin Othon||14 Jérôme Roussillon|
|27 Julien Faussurier||2 Sebastien Corchia|
|10 Benjamin Nivet||21 Vincent Nogueira|
|6 Eloge Enza Yamissi||8 Joseph Romeric Lopy|
|20 Granddi Ngoyi||9 Slovan Privat|
|19 Jean Christophe Bahebeck||20 Edouard Butin|
|4 Stéphane Darbion||18 Sébastien Roudet|
|22 Fabien Camus||10 Ryad Boudebouz|
|9 Marcos Dos Santos Pereira||Omar Daf 25|
|1 Mathieu Dreyer||Didier Ovono 40|
|14 Xavier Thiago||Frédéric Duplus 19|
|21 Fabrice N'Sakala||Rafael Dias 7|
|5 Matthieu Saunier||Cédric Bakambu 22|
|12 Maxime Colin||Ishmael Yartey 15|
|33 Corentin Jean||Petrus Boumal Mayega 29|
|Xavier Thiago for Granddi Ngoyi (51)||Omar Daf for Cédric Kanté (81)|
|Corentin Jean for Jean Christophe Bahebeck (62)||Cédric Bakambu for Edouard Butin (85)|
|Marcos Dos Santos Pereira for Eloge Enza Yamissi (73)|
|· Squads: Troyes | Sochaux|