• Monday, 22 March 2010

    Four-horse race? Ligue 1 reviews

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

    Lyon and Lille were both beaten by fellow title challengers and at least one of the admit that that's as far as they go this season. Lyon's Brazilian defender Cris has said the game is up as it leaves them five points adrift of leaders Bordeaux with nine games to go. He seems a bit pessimistic, but that can easily happen when you get back into a game against a fellow contender and then blow it. Charles Kaboré gave Marseille the lead at the Vélodrome, but Bafetimbi Gomis looked to have rescued a point with a headed equaliser ten minutes from time. But within a minute, Taye Taiwo blazed in a left-footed winner. Lille were dumped out of the Europa League in midweek and shot themselves in the foot against Bordeaux, all but ending their hopes of Championnat success. Eden Hazard put them in front against the champions, but Michael Ciani equalised just before the break. The real turning point came quarter of an hour after, Ricardo Costa sent off for a second yellow. Jussie converted the penalty and Yoann Gourcuff made it safe ten minutes later.

    Montpellier will not be shaken off and they were in front against Valenciennes inside five minutes, Victor Hugo Montano with his tenth of the season. Joris Marveaux made it two early in the second half, but they had to hang on for quarter of an hour after Fahid Ben Khalfallah pulled one back. Auxerre remain a point back from the top two after another win, albeit after some late drama. Ireneusz Jelen put AJA ahead midway through the first half and 1-0 looked enough as the clock wound down. Thorstein Helstad equalised in the first minute of stoppage time, but Benoit Pedretti managed to find a winner even later on leaving Le Mans deep in the mire.

    Grenoble grabbed a point at home to Monaco despite Jodi Vivani's sending off midway through the second period. Boulogne managed a win, but remain seven points from safety. Damien Marcq put them ahead against Lorient and Laurent Koscielny's own goal sealed it in the second half. It's St Etienne they're chasing, but Les Verts nicked a point at home to Nancy in a goalless encounter. In the behind-closed-doors game on the south coast, Nice battled to a 1-0 win, Loic Remy with it ten minutes from time. The mid-table game between Lens and Sochaux ended goalless while Toulouse's season is petering out after Asamoah Gyan struck twice for Rennes in a 4-1 win over Les Violets.

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