• Friday, 19 February 2010

    Montpellier continue the chase: Ligue 1 reviews

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

    Montpellier went level on points with Bordeaux at the top of Ligue 1 for a time over last weekend after beating Grenoble 1-0. Coming off the back of a mighty 5-0 drubbing of Auxerre, GF38 couldn't be underestimated and were certainly not the easy-beats the table would have you imagine. Victor Montano's ninth of the season was enough to see them off. Bordeaux responded by beating St Etienne quite comfortably. Wendel struck twice and Marouane Chamakh got the other in a relatively easy win. Lille kept up the pressure, beating lowly Boulogne 3-1 with Ludovic Obraniak getting two. Marseille beat fading Monaco and Lyon just needed a single goal to beat Lens while Auxerre had a 35-yard lob from Ireneusz Jelen to thank for victory over Rennes as that trio hold position in behind the top three.

    Le Mans could only draw with ten-man Sochaux and remain deep in trouble - the bottom three are becoming cut adrift - but better news for Sochaux is that American striker Charlie Davies is back from America after an horrific car accident and is close to resuming training. A goalless draw in Nancy hardly eased the pressure on under-pressure PSG manager Antoine Kombouaré as he looks to ease the pressure that's pressurising his position in the Parc des Princes pressure cooker. His former club Valenciennes got back to winning ways against Nice, Filip Sebo with a late winner while Lorient and Toulouse could only draw.

    This week:

    Bordeaux P-P Auxerre
    Boulogne v Le Mans
    Nice v Lorient
    Grenoble v Valenciennes
    Lens v Monaco
    St Etienne v Montpellier
    PSG v Toulouse
    Sochaux v Lyon
    Marseille v Nancy
    Rennes v Lille

    Bordeaux's game with Auxerre is off, so Montpellier have the chance to close the gap to mere goal difference. Technically, they could go top, but would need to put at least 16 past St Etienne and, while Les Verts are no great shakes, that seems unlikely. There's a big game at the bottom between Boulogne and Le Mans, but they both look doomed anyway, as do Grenoble although they were big winners last time out on home soil and stuttering VA may not fancy this one.

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