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  • Monday, 19 January 2009

    Holding pattern

    Marseille 2-0 Le Havre
    Lorient 1-1 Valenciennes
    St Etienne 1-1 Le Mans
    Grenoble 0-2 Lyon
    Nice 2-0 Auxerre
    Toulouse 3-0 Nancy
    Nantes 1-2 Bordeaux
    PSG 2-1 Sochaux
    Caen 2-2 Monaco
    Lille 1-0 Rennes

    It was that man Yoann Gourcuff again that grabbed the headlines, this time with his scoring of a header that gave Bordeaux the lead up the coast in Nantes. And so it looked like remaining until late on when Mohamed Chamakh rose above the Nantes defence to nod his side into a 2-0 lead. Filip Djordjevic's late goal was mere consolation. Lyon won comfortably, Ederson and C├ęsar Delgado relieving a bit of the pressure that was beggining to mount on Claude Puel. Marseille were also comfortable winners at home to struggling Le Havre; Mathieu Valbuena and Ronald Zubar scoring in a routine win. Sochaux gave PSG a scare. Guillaume Hoarau's penalty put the Paul Le Guen's men in front, but Vaclav Sverkos hit right back and it took Pegguy Luyindula to snatch it, this coming after he'd missed an open goal very much in the Chris Iwelumo style.

    Toulouse also won easily which means that Rennes were the only one of the front runners to lose this week. They couldn't have done much more to ensure this result as they scored Lille's goal - Petter Hansson getting the vital touch on Nicolas Fauverge's shot - and Bruno Cheyrou seeing red in the final minute. While it's a setback for Rennes, it puts Lille back in the hunt. At the bottom, Le Havre are pretty much screwed already while St Etienne keep picking up the points that allow them to keep their heads above water. Realistically, it looks like three from five at this stage, but the likes of Monaco, Nantes and Caen need to start stringing some wins together.

    The table:
    1 Lyon 21 42
    2 Bordeaux 21 41
    3 Marseille 21 38
    4 Rennes 21 37
    5 Toulouse 21 37
    6 PSG 21 36
    7 Lille 20 35
    8 Nice 20 33
    9 Lorient 21 28
    10 Nancy 20 25
    11 Le Mans 72 20 25
    12 Grenoble 21 25
    13 Caen 20 24
    14 Monaco 21 24
    15 Nantes 21 23
    16 Auxerre 21 20
    17 St Etienne 21 20
    18 Sochaux 21 17
    19 Valenciennes 20 16
    20 Le Havre 21 12

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