• Monday, 15 March 2010

    Draws all round: Ligue 1 reviews

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

    Nobody struck out on their own in France this week as draws were the order of the day. Only Lille of the front-runners managed to take all three points which moves them within two points of the summit. Indeed, three points covers the top six and it's between them. An own goal a couple of minutes into the second half from the hapless Bostjan Cesar gifted Lille the points after a hard-fought game, completing a fine week for LOSC. Marseille were held by Toulouse, Brandao giving OM the lead only for Paulo Machado to equalise ten minutes later. Bordeaux were kept goalless by Monaco while the crunch clash between Montpellier and Auxerre also finished level. Dennis Oliech put AJA ahead on the stroke of half-time and Alberto Costa levelled it up just after the hour and so it remained despite Jeremy Berthod's late dismissal meaning AJA finished with ten men. Lyon also ended 1-1, Lisandro Lopez with a late equaliser after Emmanuel Riviere gave St Etienne the lead in the big derby.

    A Mevlut Erding hat-trick eased the pressure on PSG coach Antoine Kombouaré. Guillaume Hoarau put the Parisians ahead before ex-Sochaux man Erding made his former club pay with two before half-time. Ryad Boudebouz pulled one back with a penalty, but Erding's third sealed it. Boulogne scored a rare win, though they still look doomed. They won in some style too, sticking three away past Nancy. Laurent Agouazzi put them ahead, but they went into half-time level, Chris Malonga with the equaliser. Two goals in six second half minutes sealed it, Matt Mousillou and Alexandre Cullivier on target. Le Mans lost, and they're favourites to join Boulogne and Grenoble in Ligue 2 next season. Loic Remy got the only goal of the game as Nice leapfrog St Etienne and make it a seven point gap for Le Mans to bridge in the last ten games. Lorient are the best of the rest after a win over Lens thanks to Sylvain Marchal and Rennes are there with them after beating ten-man Valenciennes. Sylvain Marcheaux and Asamoah Gyan gave them a first-half lead and when Siaka Tiéné was sent off 12 minutes from the end, the game was up for VA.

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