French Ligue One Roundup, Dec. 20

Eighteen-year-old sensation Eden Hazard scored a goal and set up

two in Lille’s 3-0 victory over Le Mans on Sunday in the French

league.

The victory allowed Lille to leapfrog Montpellier and move

into third place with 31 points, one clear of fourth-place Lyon

which drew with Monaco 1-1.

“Tonight, the match was almost over at halftime,” Hazard

said. “But we know that a season is very long and that we’ll go

through hard times. So let’s enjoy this moment.”

Meanwhile, Toulouse split the points with Auxerre in a 1-1

draw.

Bordeaux routed Lorient 4-1 on Saturday to earn the

unofficial title of winter champion at the season’s halfway stage.

Bordeaux tops the standings with 40 points from 18 matches, eight

clear of second-place Marseille which has a game in hand.

In Lille, Cameroon international Aurelien Chedjou headed in a

free kick from Hazard to put the host team ahead in the 12th

minute.

Lille nearly doubled the lead two minutes later but Florent

Balmont’s penalty kick crashed against the bar after Ibrahima

Camara had fouled Ivory Coast forward Gervinho.

Belgium international Hazard then passed to Gervinho, who cut

inside Joao Paulo Andrade and poked the ball home in the 27th to

take his goal tally to nine for the season and make it 2-0.

Hazard added a third with a solo run from the center circle

just two minutes later, dribbling past three defenders before

beating goalkeeper Didier Ovono.

Lille stretched its winning streak in the league to five

games while Le Mans slipped into the relegation zone with 15

points.

In Monaco, Brazilian midfielder Michel Bastos opened the

scoring for Lyon midway through the first half with a 25-meter free

kick that dipped into the far corner.

The visitors came close to a second when Bastos hoisted the

ball into the box and Cris then played Jean Makoun in but

goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier saved the Cameroon midfielder’s header

with his right foot.

Shortly thereafter, a mistake from Hugo Lloris helped Monaco

equalize 10 minutes before halftime. The France goalkeeper went for

a high ball but Monaco fullback Djimi Traore beat him to it with a

bicycle kick. Traore’s cross bounced off Lyon winger Sidney Govou’s

head before South Korea forward Park Chu-Young volleyed into an

empty net.

From then on it was Monaco who created all the chances.

Park fed Alejandro Alonso with a backheel pass in the 40th

but Lloris palmed away the Argentine midfielder’s close-range

strike.

On the stroke of halftime, a side-footed flick from Park

sailed inches wide.

The result is a blow for Lyon’s title hopes as it now trails

Bordeaux by ten points. Monaco is in 12th place with 26.

“It’s not a very good result,” Lyon midfielder Maxime

Gonalons told Canal Plus television. “We wanted to come and win

here to climb back to second place.”

Play was suspended for a couple of minutes in the first half

after police fired tear gas into the stands to quiet Lyon fans.

In Auxerre, Roy Contout salvaged a last-gasp draw for the

home team.

Daniel Niculae diverted a cross from Dennis Oliech toward the

far post where Contout flicked the ball home.

Brazilian midfielder Luan scored for Toulouse on a

counterattack in the 20th, tapping in a cross from Daniel Braaten.

Toulouse midfielder Etienne Didot was sent off four minutes

from time for picking up a second yellow card.

Auxerre slipped to seventh place with 29 points while

Toulouse fell to 13th place with 25 points.

Also Saturday, it was: Saint-Etienne 0, Marseille 0;

Montpellier 0, Nancy 2; Valenciennes 0, Lens 0; Rennes 1, Paris

Saint-Germain 0; Grenoble 1, Nice 1.

The match pitting Boulogne against Sochaux was postponed

because of heavy snowfalls.