• Monday, 1 March 2010

    Points on the board for Montpellier: Ligue 1 reviews

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

    Another week without a game for Bordeaux as storms lashed the western side of France over the weekend. 45 people died as hurricane force winds battered the Atlantic coast and a national emergency was declared. That only one game of football was cancelled was a big surprise. For football's sake, it was fortunate that the majority of matches were away from the western seaboard.

    With Bordeaux sitting it out yet again, Montpellier took advantage to draw level on points at the top of the table after beating Rennes. Joris Marveaux struck twice in the first half to give the southerners the lead. Jimmy Briand pulled one back with 20 minutes to go, but Souleymane Camara made it safe eight minutes from time. Kader Mangane was sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time and Asamoah Gyan was sent off for foul and abusive language after the final whistle. Lyon move into third after beating Nice. Lisandro Lopez gave Les Gones an early lead and a late own goal from Onyekachi Apam sealed it. Lille lost ground to Auxerre, Roy Contout getting both for AJA either side of an Eden Hazard tap-in after Yohan Cabaye's initial shot was saved. Marseille heaped more misery on PSG with a convincing win which upset the local fans, mainly due to the insipid performance from the Parisians. Haten Ben Arfa put OM ahead on 10 minutes and Lucho Gonzalez and Benoit Cheyrou wrapped it up after the break.

    Yoric Ravet struck in both halves as Grenoble scored a rare win, though they remain 13 points from safety. Boulogne remain second bottom after defeat to Monaco, Moussa Maazou with the only goal of the game. St Etienne remain the target for those below after they lost again, 1-0 to Valenciennes for whom Johan Audel proved the winner. Kevin Dupois was the matchwinner for Toulouse over Lens and Sigamary Diarra did likewise for Lorient against Sochaux.

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