Ligue 1

Toulouse tops Bordeaux in derby

Toulouse players celebrate with fans after scoring against Bordeaux.
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Second-half goals from Clement Grenier and Yoann Gourcuff helped Lyon to a 2-0 win over struggling Sochaux on Saturday night.

It was as regulation a win as the home side could have hoped for, with relegation-haunted Sochaux never looking like the side which beat Rennes last time out and more like the one with just two league wins to its name this season.

Goal-shy Guingamp played out a goalless Ligue 1 stalemate with a below-par St. Etienne.

Fourth-placed St. Etienne came into the contest on the back of three straight league wins but were unable to break down a Guingamp side who are always tough opponents on home soil.

Although a point against one of the league's form sides will be welcomed, the hosts will be worried at drawing yet another blank in front of goal - their fourth in the last five Ligue 1 outings.

Toulouse claimed bragging rights in the south east with a 1-0 win away to derby rivals Bordeaux after each team had a man sent off in the first half.

Uros Spajic of Toulouse and Maxime Poundje of Bordeaux both got their marching orders, the latter for conceding a penalty which Wissam Ben Yedder saw saved by Cedric Carrasso.

Toulouse's Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite scored the goal eight minutes after half-time and though both Andre Poko and debutant Guillaume Hoarau went close, the hosts could not respond.

Valenciennes survived a late fightback to claim a 3-2 win over Bastia and secure back-to-back Ligue 1 victories for the first time this season.

Mathieu Dossevi scored twice in the first half to put the strugglers in control and when Abdul Waris grabbed a third it looked as if it was all over.

But Romaric and Ilan netted for the visitors to set up a tense finish as VA held on.

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