Ligue 1 Round-Up: Wins For Bordeaux & Montpellier, Arles-Avignon Earn Their First Point

Goals were at a premium in Le Championnat early on Saturday evening, but those that were scored were decisive.
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Auxerre 0-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
Stade Brestois 0-0 Arles-Avignon
Caen 0-0 Monaco
Olympique de Marseille 1-0 Nancy
Montpellier 2-0 Sochaux
Toulouse L-L Paris Saint-Germain

Auxerre 0-1 Girondins de Bordeaux

Bordeaux’s resurgence continued at the expense of injury-hit Auxerre, whose dreadful start to the season continued with a defeat at the Stade Abbe-Deschamps.

Bordeaux’s strength from set-plays was apparent in the 19th minute, when Anthony Modeste gave Jean Tigana’s side the lead with a diving header to knock home a dangerous delivery from Jaroslav Plasil.

Les Girondins would thereafter struggle to create chances, relying on their defence to maintain their lead. Auxerre threatened seriously only on occasion. Missing many of their best offensive weapons, Jean Fernandez’s side were reliant on their reserves to flourish. Defender Dariusz Dudka missed a golden opportunity just before the break, while a powerful drive from midfield anchor Delvin Ndinga flashed over.

Though AJA pushed in the closing stages, they never seriously threatened to level the game.

Stade Brestois 0-0 Arles-Avignon

Arles finally picked up their first point of the season, holding Brest to a scoreless draw in Brittany.

Brest went closest to winning the game with 67 minutes on the clock. A near post cross was flicked by the head of Romain Poyet but found only the guests’ crossbar.

In the last minute of play, a strong half volley from Oscar Ewolo also found Cyril Merville’s bar, leaving Alex Dupont’s side frustrated.

SB29 spent much of the match on the front foot, but against a surprisingly robust visiting rearguard they got little joy.

ACA didn’t press forward excessively, mustering only a couple of openings from long range, the best of which was a drive from Thomas Ayasse that didn’t overly trouble Steeve Elana in the home goal.

Caen 0-0 Monaco

There would be no goals between Caen and Monaco, but there was a fair degree of excitement as les Monegasques would tie their sixth game from nine Ligue 1 meetings.

Twice in the space of nine second half minutes Caen would hit the woodwork, first through a Nicolas Seube drive and secondly through an effort from the lively Romain Hamouma, who posed problem for the visiting side throughout the match. Between these two efforts Stephane Ruffier was drawn to make a save as Youssef El-Arabi closed in.

Les Malherbes made a very lively opening to the game and on three occasions went close to breaking the deadlock in the first 10 minutes but they would ride their luck as either side of half-time defender Thomas Heurtaux would make goal saving contributions.

Alexis Thebault in the home goal was left relatively untested, though he did have to act to push away a Park Chu-Young strike just after the break.

Montpellier 2-0 Sochaux

Sochaux’s poor recent record on the road continued as they were comfortably seen off by Montpellier at the Stade de la Mosson.

Mapou Yangambiwa
opened the scoring after 30 minutes, knocking home a corner kick that was flicked on at the near post by Emir Spahic after Olivier Giroud had gone close moments before.

Two minutes before the break, Younes Belhanda effectively put the game out of Sochaux’s reach, driving a low shot into the net after more good play from the sprightly Giroud.

Montpellier had held the upper hand throughout the first half, hitting the post through Joris Marveaux early on and refusing to allow their guests a route back into the fixture after the interval.
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