Montpeiller shares league lead with PSG

BY foxsports • November 19, 2011

Montpellier beat Marseille 1-0 to go level on points with leader Paris Saint-Germain in the French league on Saturday.

Marseille defender Souleymane Daiwara turned into his own net a cross from Montpellier forward Souleymane Camara in the 62nd minute.

''We confirmed our good start to the season,'' Montpellier centerback Vitorino Hilton said. ''We knew Marseille would try to hit us on the fast break with (Loic) Remy or (Andre) Ayew. We were cautious tonight.''

Marseille nearly equalized in the 65th when Montpellier goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren spilled a low shot from Andre-Pierre Gignac. Jordan Ayew followed up but steered the rebound wide.

''We lacked simplicity by attempting difficult moves and by carrying the ball,'' Marseille coach Didier Deschamps said. ''That hurt the fluency of the game. We struggled to put the Montpellier defense under pressure, except in the last half hour.''

Marseille slipped to the middle of the table, seven points behind third-place Lille.

Also, it was: Nice 0, Saint-Etienne 2; Evian 2, Lorient 1; Ajaccio 2, Caen 2; and Dijon 2, Bordeaux 0.

Rene Marsiglia got off to a nightmarish start in his first match as Nice coach after replacing Eric Roy this week. Three of his players were sent off.

Florent Sinama-Pongolle opened the scoring with a spot kick in the 24th minute after Nice goalkeeper David Ospina was ejected for bringing down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Nice was down to nine men in the 28th when Eric Mouloungui was red-carded for stamping on Saint-Etienne midfielder Fabien Lemoine's foot.

Saint-Etienne substitute Kurt Zouma doubled the lead by heading in a corner in the 39th.

Nice defender Renato Civelli was dismissed in the 85th for a violent tackle on Sinama-Pongolle.

''It was a match with a lot of commitment,'' Zouma said. ''I'm very happy to have scored at the age of 17 my first goal in the league. When I scored, I thought about my family and friends who were watching television. In the second half, there was less intensity in the game, but we managed to stay focused.''

In Evian, Denmark international Daniel Wass scored the winner with a half-volley off a cross from Yannick Sagbo in the 59th.

Sagbo converted a penalty in the second minute after Lorient defender Alaixys Romao had fouled Youssef Adnane. Lamine Kone nodded home a corner to level for Lorient in the 47th.

In Ajaccio, Benjamin Andre salvaged a draw for the hosts in stoppage time by spinning to fire a sudden strike into the bottom corner.

Brazilian striker Araujo Ilan put Ajaccio ahead with a penalty in the 52nd following a foul from Caen centerback Gregory Leca on Andre.

Caen defender Molla Wague netted the equalizer from close range in the 64th then winger Lenny Nangis beat goalkeeper Thierry Debes in the 71st to give Caen a 2-1 lead.

In Dijon, striker Brice Jovial scored for the hosts against Bordeaux with a header in the 69th. Midfielder Benjamin Corgnet made it 2-0 in the 73rd by slotting into an empty net after Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso knocked the ball into his path.

Dijon lost midfielder Damien Marcq who received a second yellow card in the 85th.

On Friday, Rennes edged Lyon 2-1 to climb to fourth place while defending champion Lille drew 0-0 with Toulouse to remain in third place.

On Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain hosts Nancy, Auxerre travels to Valenciennes and Brest faces Sochaux.


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