• Monday, 17 May 2010

    Blanc quits Bordeaux with a loss: Ligue 1 reviews

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

    Football's worst kept secret - that Laurent Blanc would succeed Raymond Domenech as coach of Les Bleus after the World Cup - was confirmed as being true after Bordeaux's Ligue 1 campaign came to an end on Saturday night. It sums up the season Les Girondins have had that it came in a seven goal thriller with three penalties, an own goal and an early sending off. Michael Ciani was the recipient of that red card in just the sixth minute as he went over the top of the ball in a challenge on Issam Jemaa. It took quarter of an hour for Lens to take advantage when Toifilou Maoulida headed in. Samba Sow made it two, but Wendel slammed in a penalty just before the break to pull one back after Henri Bedimo pulled Marouane Chamakh down in the box. And it was level shortly after the restart, Bedimo's afternoon getting no better as he turned in Wendel's free-kick. Jemaa restored the lead from the penalty spot and Maoulida added a fourth just after the hour. Wendel's second penalty ten minutes from time made for a grandstand finish, but Lens held out.

    That means Bordeaux don't make it to Europe at all with Montpellier's fifth-placed finish enough to get them a Europa League spot given cup final results. They secured this with a 3-1 win over PSG (also in the Europa League thanks to their Coupe de France win) with Geoffrey Dernis getting two to close out a great year for the side promoted twelve months ago. Lille join them in the Europa League after finishing fourth, slipping from the Champions League places as they went down to Lorient. Ricardo Costa put Lille ahead, but Kevin Gameiro equalised before the break. Yohan Cabaye missed a penalty which would have put Lille back in charge and Yann Jouffre made them pay in the second half.

    Cedric Hengbart got two for Auxerre as they beat ten-man Sochaux, his second coming in stoppage time to claim third place and Champions League football. Lyon were comfortable against Le Mans in winning 2-0, Bafetimbi Gomis and Miralem Pjanic ensuring second place and a Champions League group stage place. Marseille closed out their championship with a 2-0 win over Grenoble, Mamadou Niang and Hatem Ben Arfa on target as the party began at the Vélodrome.

    Boulogne were relegated ages ago, but did manage to end with a win, Gregory Thil with an early penalty to beat Rennes. Toulouse and Monaco ended goalless and there were 1-1 draws for Nancy and Valenciennes - Youssouf Hadji with Nancy's goal and a late red card on an eventful evening for the Moroccan - and for Nice and St Etienne.

    And that's your lot for Ligue 1 this season which just leaves our Ligue 1 team of the season, in a 4-4-2 style:
    Hugo Lloris (Lyon); Cedric Hengbart (Auxerre), Souleymane Diawara (Marseille), Adama Coulibaly (Auxerre), Taye Taiwo (Marseille); Yohan Cabaye (Lille), Miralem Pjanic (Lyon), Wendel (Bordeaux), Eden Hazard (Lille); Mamadou Niang (Marseille), Lisandro Lopez (Lyon).
    Mentions for: Steve Mandanda, Lucho Gonzalez, Hatem Ben Arfa (all Marseille), Gervinho, Pierre-Alain Frau (both Lille), Victor Montano (Montpellier), Park Chu-Young (Monaco).

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