• Monday, 19 April 2010

    Marseille march on: Ligue 1 reviews

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

    Five games still remain in Ligue 1, so nothing at the top end is decided yet. It is beginning to take shape though and the form of Marseille far exceeds that of any of the other sides in the league. They needed a late Taye Taiwo penalty to maintain their run of five straight wins. Mathieu Valbuena had put them ahead late in the first half, but Boulogne weren't about to roll over and were back in it through Jeremy Blayac eight minutes from time. In the last minute, Yoann Lachor was adjudged, harshly, to have handled in the box and Taiwo thumped in the spot kick. OM remain five points clear of Auxerre who eased to a 4-1 win over nine-man Lorient. Dennis Oliech, Ireneusz Jelen and Valter Birsa had put AJA into a three-goal lead before Jeremy Morel was the first Lorient player dismissed. Kevin Gameiro pulled one back, despite the numerical disadvantage, but Fabien Audard followed Morel off the pitch and the game was up. Cedric Hengbart added a late penalty to complete the win.

    Lyon lost ground in a draw with Bordeaux, but the talking point wasn't Les Gones coming back from a goal down twice, but the three dismissals in the last minute following a mass brawl. Arsenal-bound Marouane Chamakh put Bordeaux in front in the first half, only for Ederson to peg it back ten minutes after the restart. Jaroslav Plasil restored the lead seven minutes later, but just ten more minutes had elapsed when Cris nodded in a second equaliser. In the last minute, Anthony Reveillere was sent off for a bad foul on Benoit Tremoulinas who was also dismissed alongside team-mate Jussie as tempers boiled over. Montpellier couldn't take advantage to move back into the Champions League places as they were held by Toulouse and Colin Kazim-Richards' last minute equaliser after Alberto Costa had put Montpellier in front in the first half. Two Yohan Cabaye goals were a feature of Lille's 4-0 win over Monaco as they move to within a point of those coveted European places.

    Grenoble picked up a point at home to Sochaux, but they're already down. Boulogne's defeat means they have to win all their remaining games to get out of it while Le Mans grabbed a huge win over Valenciennes despite going down a man - Guillaume Loriot sent off at 0-0 with seven minutes to go. Sebastien Corchia grabbed the winner in stoppage time. They're eight points behind St Etienne who were held to a goalless draw at home to PSG. There were also goalless draws for Rennes at home to Nancy and Nice, who are edging their way to safety, against Lens.

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