Ligue One Roundup, Mar. 14

Lille beat last-place Grenoble 1-0 to move within two points of

French league leader Bordeaux.

Lille, which beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Europa League on

Thursday, scored just after halftime when Grenoble defender Bostjan

Cesar tried to intercept a cross from Emerson and headed into his

own net on Sunday.

Bordeaux has 53 points from 27 games, Lille is in fourth spot

with 51 points from 28 games.

Also Sunday, Rennes won 2-0 at Valenciennes and moved up to

eighth place with 43 points. Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux opened

the scoring and then Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan grabbed his 10th

league goal of the season.

Rennes striker Jimmy Briand controlled a cross from Rod Fanni

and set up Marveaux for the opening goal in the 26th minute, and

Gyan doubled the lead when he turned in a cross from Fabien Lemoine

in the 39th.

Marseille missed the chance to increase the pressure on

Bordeaux when it was held to a 1-1 draw at Toulouse in Sunday’s

late game.

“We played three days after a (Europa League) match (against

Benfica), so it was not easy, and we struggled to control the game

in the first half,” Marseille coach Didier Deschamps said. “But at

the end of the match, even though we were tired, we still had more

chances than Toulouse.”

Brazilian striker Brandao put Marseille ahead in the 30th

minute when he volleyed in a corner from Hatem Ben Arfa for his

seventh league goal of the season.

But Marseille’s lead lasted less than 10 minutes as Toulouse

equalized when midfielder Paulo Machado curled in a shot past

goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from the edge of the penalty area.

Marseille almost won the game in the last minute but Toulouse

goalkeeper Yohann Pele did well to save Taye Taiwo’s powerful

freekick low to his left.

Marseille remains in sixth place, three points behind

Bordeaux, having played the same number of games.

“We only got a draw, even though that this is not a bad

result in itself at Toulouse,” Deschamps said. “But the fact we

also drew (at home) against Lorient means we haven’t picked up many

points (in the last two games).”

Bordeaux was held to a 0-0 draw Saturday away to Monaco and

stayed top because second-place Montpellier drew 1-1 at home with

third-place Auxerre.

Bordeaux is level with Montpellier but has a better goal

difference and has played a game less. Auxerre is one point behind


Bordeaux led Montpellier by 10 points and Lyon by 13 at the

winter break, but has won just one of its last six league games.

In Saturday’s other results, it was: Le Mans 0, Nice 1;

Lorient 1, Lens 0; Lyon 1, Saint-Etienne 1; Nancy 1, Boulogne 3;

and Paris Saint-Germain 4, Sochaux 1.