• Monday, 3 May 2010

    Marseille on the brink: Ligue 1 reviews

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

    Marseille snuffed out Auxerre at the Abbe-Deschamps on Friday night to leave them five points clear with three games to go. Indeed, they could be crowned champions as early as Wednesday as we've a full programme of games midweek as well. Behind OM, it's tighter than a mermaid's brassiere. Lille are currently in third after a 3-1 win over Nancy. Yohan Cabaye and Gervinho put them into a 2-0 lead late in the first half. Pierre-Alain Frau made it three just after the break and though Chris Malonga pulled one back, Lille were not to be denied. Lyon stumbled past faltering Montpellier thanks to Michel Bastos, keeping their Champions League hopes alive. Montpellier aren't out of it, but go into the run-in in poor form. An early goal from Michael Ciani gave Bordeaux the win over Toulouse. The title may have gone for them, but again, they're well in the running for the top three.

    Boulogne aren't totally done yet. They came back from three down to claim a point against Nice which leaves them eight points behind St Etienne with three to play. Loic Remy hit two and David Hellebuyck made it three as Nice looked to be winning easily, but three goals in the last nine minutes grabbed them a vital point. Jeremy Blayac got the first on 81, Olivier Kapo got the second two minutes from time and the equaliser came from Alexandre Cuvillier in stoppages. They remain in the hunt as St Etienne were thumped at home by Lens. Pape Diakate had put Les Verts in front a minute from the break, but they imploded in the second half. Kanga Akele equalised ten minutes into the second half and Issam Jemaa put them in front five minutes later. Two late Toifilou Maoulida goals added some gloss. Sochaux need another point to be sure - as do Nice - after winning in Rennes. Jimmy Briand's own goal put them in front and Benjamin Gavanon made it two with ten to go. Sylvain Marveaux's penalty made it a grandstand finish, but Sochaux held on.

    Meanwhile in the Coupe de France, an extra time goal from Guillaume Hoarau saw PSG beat Monaco 1-0 at Stade de France.

    So to Wednesday which could see the title settled:

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

    Should Lyon beat Auxerre, then Marseille can win the league by beating Rennes in the late kick-off. At the other end, Boulogne need to beat St Etienne. Anything else will send them down. Le Mans also need St Etienne to lose while getting something out of their game at Nancy. Sochaux and Nice will be safe regardless of events elsewhere should they get anything out of their games at home to Montpellier and Bordeaux respectively.

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