FRENCH LIGUE 1

Marcel-Picot, France

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AS Nancy Lorraine

  • Djamel Bakar 32'

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Bordeaux

  • Henri Saivet 76'

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Having nearly pulled off the upset of the Ligue 1 season on Wednesday night, struggling Nancy will once more try to end the worst run in their history this weekend.

Jean Fernandez's side, who play Bordeaux at home tomorrow, climbed off the bottom of the table with a surprise 1-1 draw at leaders Lyon, but were in front until Brazilian winger Michel Bastos scored six minutes from time.

It meant a fifth successive draw for Nancy, who beat Brest on the opening day of the campaign, but have since gone 16 games without a win.

A lack of goals has been the big problem - they have found the net only 12 times all season and a mere five of those have come in nine home games.

Their goal in midweek had more than an element of luck about it. Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre parried Salif Sane's header only to see the ball rebound off Jordan Loties's stomach and roll into the net.

``Five games without defeat, it gives some strength, but there is also a lot of frustration and regret,'' Fernandez told reporters.

``Of the five games, we had every opportunity to win the games. It puts us in a difficult situation in the standings. With three victories in the same games it would have been another championship for us.''

Bordeaux, through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League after topping a group which included Newcastle, Maritimo and Club Brugge, stand fifth - eight points behind Lyon.

A goalless draw with fourth-placed St Etienne on Thursday night was their third straight league draw this month - and the first time they have failed to score at home in the division since September last year.

They are also now unbeaten at the Stade Chaban Delmas in 26 league matches, but it was St Etienne who came closest to scoring when Faouzi Ghoulam's long-range strike came back off the bar.

Striker David Bellion admitted Les Girondins will be looking for a better performance after underperforming on Thursday.

``It was one of the most horrible games to play, there is nothing to remember except the point and our good defensive display,'' he told L'Equipe.

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