Late leveller earns Troyes point against Lille

A late goal by substitute Sebastian Grax denied struggling 2011 French champions Lille all three points as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at promoted Troyes in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Grax cancelled out Dimitri Payet's opener with three minutes left after Lille failed to clear Stephane Darbion's cross.

Girondins Bordeaux, who had a chance to climb to second, were held to a goalless draw at Valenciennes.

Sochaux moved off the bottom with their first win of the season at 10-man Saint-Etienne, while fellow strugglers Evian Thonon Gaillard defeated Bastia 3-0 and Nice won 4-2 at Brest.

Lille, who host BATE Borisov in the Champions League on Wednesday, controlled the game but struggled to create any clear chances as the hosts forced them to rely on long-range attempts.

Payet had an effort on target in the 18th minute but his shot from 20 metres lacked power as did playmaker Marvin Martin's volley from a Mathieu Debuchy cross 10 minutes later.

Lille finally went ahead six minutes before the break when Payet netted from just outside the area but Grax popped up with a late goal to deny the visitors all three points.

However, the result did not stop Troyes slipping to the bottom of the table with two points.

Unbeaten Bordeaux's point at Valenciennes puts them fourth and they are now level on nine points with third-placed Paris Saint-Germain who beat visitors Toulouse 2-0 on Friday.


Sochaux ended a run of four straight defeats with a shock 1-0 win at Saint-Etienne who had full-back Jonathan Brison sent off for a rough challenge on Abdoul Camara after nine minutes.

Resilient Saint-Etienne were beaten when Thierry Doubai netted a splendid overhead kick from just inside the box in the 75th.

Sochaux climbed one place to 19th on three points while Saint-Etienne remain in ninth spot level on six points with Nice who hammered visiting Brest for their first win of the season.

Camel Meriem fired Nice ahead in the 46th minute before centre-back Nemanja Pejcinovic doubled their lead five minutes later with a header from a corner.

Eric Bautheac and Valentin Eysseric then scored for the hosts in an action-packed second-half with Brest replying twice.

Cedric Barbosa shone as Evian, who fired coach Pablo Correa 10 days ago with one point from their opening four games, got their first win this season against promoted side Bastia.

The 36-year-old playmaker netted a powerful header in the 36th minute to put the hosts in front and sealed the victory in the 78th, five minutes after Yannick Sagbo had doubled the lead.

Evian are 15th on four points while Bastia, who surprisingly won their first two games in the top flight, are 12th on six.