January 19, 2013
Sochaux 1-0 Stade de Reims
Loic Poujol's close range goal gave Sochaux a win over relegation rivals Reims - who remain without a Ligue 1 away success this season.
Poujol settle the contest at the Stade Auguste Bonal in the 16th minute, converting an outswinging Rafael Dias corner at the far post after goalkeeper Johnny Placide had missed his chance to clear.
A second successive home success moves Eric Hely's team out of the bottom three at the expense of today's opponents, who have now gone 14 matches without a win.
Buoyed by victory over Marseille last time out, the hosts started brightly.
Cedric Bakambu created Sochaux's first chance in the 14th minute releasing Yassine Mikari for a low right foot shot which Placide blocked for a corner.
The decisive breakthrough came two minutes later when Placide failed to cut out Dias' corner and Poujol bundled into the empty net from barely two yards out.
The visitors' only first-half chance came in the 27th minute - but Sochaux goalkeeper Simon Pouplin was equal to a powerful free-kick from Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Johann Ramare's 50th-minute free-kick went narrowly over, while seven minutes later at the other end Dias struck another dead ball against the woodwork.
Placide blocked Bakambu's 65th-minute effort for a corner as Sochaux sought to make the points safe.
But the best chance of the final quarter came for the visitors with 23 minutes remaining when Ramare's corner from the right found Aissa Mandi - but the defender headed inches wide.
|Sochaux||Stade de Reims|
|Loïc Poujol (15')|
|Sochaux||Stade de Reims|
|16 Simon Pouplin||40 Johny Placide|
|27 Loïc Poujol||25 Anthony Weber|
|17 Mathieu Peybernes||22 Michael Tacalfred|
|23 David Sauget||4 Grzegorz Krychowiak|
|2 Sebastien Corchia||27 Christopher Glombard|
|18 Sébastien Roudet||23 Aissa Mandi|
|5 Carlao||21 Bocundji Ca|
|7 Rafael Dias||8 Johann Ramare|
|9 Slovan Privat||26 Pape N'Diaye Souare|
|11 Yassin Mikari||7 Odair Fortes|
|22 Cédric Bakambu||5 Kamel Ghilas|
|25 Omar Daf||Florent Ghisolfi 24|
|40 Didier Ovono||Nicolas Fauvergue 13|
|12 Roy Contout||Mohamed Fofana 2|
|20 Edouard Butin||Antoine Devaux 6|
|14 Jérôme Roussillon||Julien Toudic 9|
|15 Ishmael Yartey||Johann Liebus 1|
|6 Cédric Kanté||Quentin Pereira 20|
|Edouard Butin for Slovan Privat (63)||Julien Toudic for Kamel Ghilas (61)|
|Cédric Kanté for Carlao (67)||Nicolas Fauvergue for Johann Ramare (68)|
|Roy Contout for Cédric Bakambu (86)||Antoine Devaux for Bocundji Ca (77)|
|Mathieu Peybernes (49)||Christopher Glombard (38)|
|Kamel Ghilas (45)|
|Julien Toudic (87)|
|· Squads: Sochaux | Stade de Reims|