Lille grabs first in Ligue 1

Lille grabs first in Ligue 1

Published Aug. 21, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Defending champion Lille earned its first win this season by beating Caen 2-1 in the French league on Saturday.

Lille midfielder Benoit Pedretti opened the scoring in the 70th minute after some fine work from winger Eden Hazard.

Mathieu Debuchy doubled the lead in the 88th by taking a pass from playmaker Ludovic Obraniak to beat Caen goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux.

Benjamin Nivet scored a consolation goal for Caen by converting a penalty in injury time after Obraniak handled the ball inside the area.

''The difference today is that we had the luck that has escaped us lately,'' Lille coach Rudi Garcia said.

Lille received a lot of praise last season for its attractive style of football. But it opened its campaign in disappointing fashion with a draw and a loss.

Also, it was: Brest 1, Lyon 1; Nice 1, Toulouse 1; Bordeaux 1, Auxerre 1; Dijon 2, Lorient 0; Ajaccio 1, Evian 1.


Brest midfielder Benoit Lesoimier scored with a long-range strike in the 12th.

Lyon was down to 10 men in the 60th after midfielder Sidy Kone was red-carded for a two-footed lunge on Brest forward Nolan Roux.

But Lyon playmaker Miralem Pjanic set up Bafetimbi Gomis for the equalizer in the 69th.

''We missed two things in the first half,'' Lyon coach Remi Garde said. ''A lack of aggressiveness because we lost too many duels. And a lack of simplicity, too, because we carried too much the ball.''

In Nice, winger Anthony Mounier scored into an empty net for the hosts off a pass from Renato Civelli in the 31st.

Toulouse substitute Adrien Regattin leveled with an overhead kick in the 90th.

Three minutes later, Toulouse was reduced by one when forward Amadou Soukouna picked up a second yellow card.

In the seventh minute of injury time, goalkeeper Ali Ahamada helped Toulouse salvage a draw by stopping a penalty kick from Nice forward Eric Mouloungui after Francois Sirieix fouled Nemanja Pejcinovic.

Toulouse retained the lead in the league.

In Bordeaux, forward Yoan Gouffran netted in the 22nd with a snapshot that goalkeeper Olivier Sorin could only divert against the post.

But Alain Traore scored his third goal in three matches to equalize for Auxerre in the 66th with a powerful strike under the crossbar.

In Dijon, striker Gregory Thil put the hosts ahead by flicking home a cross from Thomas Guerbert after two minutes.

Dijon was left with 10 in the 42nd when defender Abdoulaye Meite was sent off for a violent tackle on Lorient forward Julien Quercia.

Forward Brice Jovial sealed the win for Dijon with a bicycle kick goal in the 88th.

In Ajaccio, midfielder Frederic Sammaritano netted for the hosts in the seventh minute before Kevin Berigaud leveled for Evian in the 75th from close range.

On Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain hosts Valenciennes, Saint-Etienne visits Marseille, Nancy faces Sochaux and Montpellier takes on Rennes.