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Ligue 1: Benzema strikes as Lyon beat Sochaux

SOCHAUX, France, Oct 29 (Reuters) - A powerful, long-range shot by Ligue 1 leading scorer Karim Benzema helped Olympique Lyon to get a 2-0 win at bottom club Sochaux on Wednesday.

The French champions, who had gone three games without a victory, top the table with 24 points from 11 matches.

Benzema opened the scoring in the 66th minute with his seventh league goal of the season and Argentine Cesar Delgado sealed Lyon's win in stoppage time.

Sochaux finished with nine players after Stephane Dalmat and Damien Perquis were sent off in the final nine minutes.

"After two draws and a defeat, the only thing that matters is to get three points and to not concede a goal," Lyon coach Claude Puel told reporters.

"We created lots of opportunities we did not convert and that could have cost us a lot because our win should have been more comfortable," he added.

Girondins Bordeaux, second on 21 points, routed Le Havre 4-0 on Tuesday.

Toulouse are behind Bordeaux on goal difference after winning 1-0 at Paris St Germain thanks to a second-half own goal by defender Zoumana Camara.

Fourth-placed Olympique Marseille, four points off the lead, drew 1-1 at struggling Nantes.

The home side opened the score against the run of play with a 35-metre drive by defender Remi Mareval that went into Steve Mandanda's top corner just before the interval.

Ivory Coast forward Bakary Kone salvaged a draw for Marseille when he volleyed home the equaliser late in the second half.

"We conceded the goal of the month," Marseille coach Eric Gerets told television channel Foot Plus. "The only thing that went wrong today is the result."

Later in the evening, St Etienne suffered a 4-1 home defeat to Lorient that left them only two points above the danger zone.


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