• Friday, 14 May 2010

    Ligue 1 round 38

    Lyon 3-0 Monaco

    Ahead of the final round of fixtures, Lyon and Monaco had one game to catch up on and Lyon won it comfortably to move into third and the Champions League places. Miralem Pjanic put them ahead in the first half and Bafetimbi Gomis made it two three minutes into the second. Lisandro Lopez sealed it with a third late on, but it could have been a lot more were it not for the heroics of Stephane Ruffier in the Monaco goal.

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

    So to the final round and the major things are wrapped up already. We know Marseille are champions and they take on bottom placed Grenoble. That should be a cakewalk for OM as they celebrate the championship in front of their own fans. Le Mans and Boulogne are joining Grenoble down in Ligue 2 next season, but, while Boulogne finish at home to Rennes, Le Mans will be involved in one of the few remaining battles on final day. They take on Lyon, desperate for a return to the Champions League which was so kind to them this season. It's hard to see Le Mans upsetting Les Gones which throws the onus back onto Lille. They sit second at the moment, but could miss out altogether should they fail to bit Lorient and Auxerre beat Sochaux. Montpellier can still make it, but need results to go their way in a big style given their relatively poor goal difference. The Europa League is a more realistic target, but they'll still need to beat PSG in the capital to get there.

    Everyone else is jockeying for position and the prize money associated with a superior finishing position. Bordeaux can't even make Europe now and finish aganist Lens. Nice and St Etienne have been battling each other all season long in their desperate bids to stay up. Both were successful, eventually, and they end squaring up to each other. Valenciennes go to Nancy and Toulouse end a disappointing campaign at home to Monaco, equally underachieving this season.

    Coming up from Ligue 2 are Caen, making an immediate return, and Brest, while the third promotion place is a straight fight between Arles and Metz. Arles hold the place by a point, so Metz need to better Arles' result. Metz take on 16th-placed Vannes while Arles are at home to fifth-placed Clermont.

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