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
“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
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.