• Monday, 1 February 2010

    Lead trimmed to six: Ligue 1 reviews

    Nancy 1-0 Lorient
    Monaco 3-2 Nice
    Lille 1-0 Lens
    Le Mans 1-3 Toulouse
    Rennes 4-0 Grenoble
    Bordeaux 0-0 Boulogne
    Montpellier 2-0 Marseille
    Auxerre 1-0 St Etienne
    Valenciennes 1-1 Sochaux
    Lyon 2-1 PSG

    Six points is still a healthy lead on the league table at this stage of a season, but Bordeaux are just coming back towards the chasers. It's a slow, grinding process, but while the champions were wasting a string of chances in a goalless draw with lowly Boulogne, Montpellier and Lille were both winning. Montpellier were particularly impressive in dismantling Marseille, Karim Ait Fana ending a weaving run into the box with a delightful finish and Benoit Cheyrou nodding a corner past his own keeper for the second when under little pressure. Lille just needed the one to beat Lens in the northern derby, exciting young Belgian Eden Hazard tapping in from a couple of feet.

    At the bottom, Grenoble's misery was absolute. Sylvain Marveaux got two as Rennes ran out to a 4-0 lead and Hugo Ciani was then sent off, leaving Grenoble a man short for the last 25 minutes. That they survived that without leaking more goals is probably the highlight of their week. Le Mans remain in difficulty, beaten 3-1 at home by Toulouse. After a goalless first half, Paulo Machado and André-Pierre Gignac gave TFC a 2-0 lead. Idir Ouali got one back, but Colin Kazim-Richards's first goal for Les Violets wrapped it up. St Etienne remain just above the drop zone after defeat to Auxerre, Jean-Pascal Mignot with the only goal of the game and Nice aren't out of the woods following defeat to local rivals Monaco. Park Chu-Young scored twice for Monaco as Nice fans ran riot on the terraces, either side of Chaouki Ben Saada's goal which briefly equalised. Nene made it 3-1 before Didier Digard set up a grandstand finish. But Nice couldn't find a third and finished with ten after Renato Civelli was sent off.

    Lorient's European push took a hit with defeat to Nancy, Youssouf Hadji again to thank for that, Valenciennes and Sochaux battled to a 1-1 draw and Lyon left it late to beat PSG who led for a long time following Mevlut Erding's early opener. Mamadou Sakho was sent off for a tug on Bafetimbi Gomis when clean through and Gomis it was that drew things level. With nine minutes remaining, defender Cris gave Lyon the win.

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