French Ligue One Roundup, Apr. 10
The title hopes of defending champion Bordeaux took a blow in a 3-1 loss to mid-table Paris Saint-Germain in the French league on Saturday.
Bordeaux was down to 10 men in the 31st minute after goalkeeper Ulrich Rame was red-carded.
PSG forward Mevlut Erding intercepted a backpass from Michael Ciani and was clean through on goal, but Rame rushed outside the area to handle the ball and kill the chance.
Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc had to replace winger Yoan Gouffran with third-choice goalkeeper Abdoulaye Keita.
On the ensuing free kick, Sylvain Armand fired a low shot to beat the 19-year-old rookie in the 35th.
Keita, however, avoided further damage by deflecting onto the bar a volley from PSG winger Ludovic Giuly in the 44th and stopping a close-range header from Guillaume Hoarau in the 50th.
Bordeaux nearly equalized in the 66th but PSG goalkeeper Apoula Edima Edel tipped against the post a shot from Benoit Tremoulinas.
Erding notched his 13th goal this season with a powerful strike under the crossbar in the 74th.
Bordeaux defender Ludovic Sane cut PSG’s lead in the 80th, nodding in a free kick from Geraldo Wendel.
But Hoarau put the result beyond doubt with a header in the 86th.
Marseille tops the standings with 59 points, followed by Montpellier with 58, and Lyon and Auxerre with 57 each.
Bordeaux remained in fifth place with 56.
"Everything we do at this moment, we’re doing it badly," Blanc told Canal Plus television. "We will try to reverse the momentum. We won’t stop here, we won’t give in."
Elsewhere, it was: Le Mans 2, Montpellier 2; Lorient 1, Rennes 1; Monaco 2, Valenciennes 1; Toulouse 4, Grenoble 0; Sochaux 0, Saint-Etienne 2; Lens 3, Boulogne 0.
Grenoble was relegated to the second division.
"It hurts, it’s a big disappointment," Grenoble coach Mecha Bazdarevic told Canal Plus television. "We must try to analyze that and above all prepare for next season because I think the club deserves to come back quickly in the top division."
On Sunday, Marseille hosts Nice, Lyon faces Lille, and Auxerre visits Nancy.
Montpellier had a player sent off and squandered a lead, missing an opportunity to put pressure on Marseille.
Roland Lamah scored the fastest goal in the league this season after 17 seconds to put Le Mans ahead.
But Karim Ait-Fana leveled for Montpellier in the 12th with help from Victor Hugo Montano.
A foul from Le Mans defender Joao Paulo Andrade gave Montpellier a penalty kick that Souleymane Camara converted in the 34th for his eighth goal this season.
Lamah dribbled past goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren to slot the ball into an empty net in the 70th and salvage a point for Le Mans.
Montpellier defender Cyril Jeunechamp was red-carded in the 42nd following a brawl on the pitch.
Le Mans remained in the relegation zone with 22 points.
In Lorient, Sigamary Diarra collected a long pass from Marama Vahirua to score for the hosts with a low shot in the 13th.
But Romain Danze headed in a free kick in the 42nd to equalize for Rennes.
Rennes remained in seventh place with 50 points, level on points with Lorient.
In Monaco, Moussa Maazou chased a long pass and slipped the ball past goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau in the 78th to give the hosts the victory.
Defender Milan Bisevac initially put mid-table Valenciennes ahead with a close-range flick in the 37th before Monaco rallied in the 61st with a free kick from midfielder Nene, who raised his season tally to 14 goals.
Monaco stayed in ninth place with 49 points.
In Toulouse, Paulo Machado followed up to net in the 9th after Grenoble goalkeeper Jody Viviani had denied Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Franck Tabanou made it 2-0 with a curling shot into the top corner in the 65th.
Tabanou chipped Viviani in the 75th before Gignac sealed the win in the 85th.
In Sochaux, Loic Perrin headed home a corner from Dimitri Payet in the 42nd for Saint-Etienne. Gonzalo Bergessio then scored from close range in the 64th, taking advantage of a poor clearance from the Sochaux defense.
Saint-Etienne remained in 17th place but moved closer to securing safety with 35 points, two behind Sochaux.
In Lens, Toifilou Maoulida outpaced the Boulogne defense to beat goalkeeper Jean-Francois Bedenik for the opener in the 33rd.
Maoulida doubled the lead in the 50th with a low shot before completing his hat trick by skipping past the Boulogne defense to score with a diagonal strike in the 66th.
Lens climbed to 14th place with 38 points.