Auxerre misses chance to go top

BY foxsports • March 30, 2010

Auxerre was held to a 0-0 draw at Monaco on Monday, missing an opportunity to take top spot in the French league.

Auxerre stretched its unbeaten streak to seven games but remained in third place with 56 points, level with Montpellier and Bordeaux, which has two games in hand. Defending champion Bordeaux tops the standings on goal difference.

Auxerre believed it had scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute, but Romania forward Daniel Niculae's strike was ruled offside.

In a lackluster match, Auxerre defender Adama Coulibaly had the first scoring chance, heading a corner wide in the 21st.

Monaco's only opportunity came when Brazilian midfielder Nene, unmarked inside the area, fired over the crossbar in the 43rd.

Lille beat Montpellier 4-1 on Sunday to move closer to a Champions League berth and deny its opponent the chance of going top.

Lille climbed to fourth place with 54 points.

Also Sunday, it was: Le Mans 1, Rennes 3; Lorient 4, Saint-Etienne 0; Toulouse 0, Nice 2; Paris Saint-Germain 3, Boulogne 0; and Nancy 5, Lens 1.

On Saturday, Marseille ended its 17-year title drought by beating Bordeaux 3-1 in the French League Cup final. It was Marseille's first trophy since it won the Champions League in 1993.

Lyon beat last-place Grenoble 2-0 to make up ground in the chase for a European spot, moving into fifth place with 54 points.

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