Ligue One Roundup, Feb. 20

Two quickfire goals set Le Mans on their way to a vital 3-1 away

victory against their Ligue 1 relegation rivals Boulogne on


Mathieu Dossevi and Gregory Cerdan’s efforts opened up a

two-goal interval lead and the impressive Didier Ovono made several

fine saves.

Mustapha Yatabare eventually found a way past the Gabon

international to halve the deficit but Modibo Maiga’s injury-time

goal assured Le Mans of victory.

Goals from Issam Jemaa and Sebastien Roudet before the break

and a penalty in the second half from Henri Bedimo earned Lens a

3-0 win over Monaco.

The home side showed no signs of weariness after being take

to extra-time by Brest in the Coupe de France in midweek against

their high-flying visitors.

Nice coach Didier Olle-Nicolle was granted a stay of

execution as his team snatched their first victory in three months

at home to Lorient.

Loic Remy grabbed the only goal of the game from the penalty

spot in the 56th minute and, despite Lorient’s plethora of chances,

the visitors could not find the equaliser.

St Etienne striker Emmanuel Riviere struck the only goal 11

minutes from time to end high-flying Montpellier’s run of five

straight wins and Carlos Sanchez headed the first-half winner as

Valenciennes jumped to eighth place in the table with a 1-0 victory

away to Grenoble.

The match between Bordeaux and Auxerre was postponed with the

home side due to be in Champions League action on Tuesday.

In the late game, Paris Saint-Germain climbed further away

from the relegation zone as Guillaume Hoarau netted the only goal

from the penalty spot in the 1-0 win over Toulouse, who had Albin

Ebondo sent off for the challenge which led to the spot-kick.