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Goal.com's Robin Bairner picks the outstanding contributors to this week's action in Le Championnat.

Goalkeeper

Olivier Sorin (Auxerre)


Though Auxerre had a numerical advantage over Marseille, Sorin was called into serious action on more than one occasion as OM pushed for a winner. His highlight moments were two stunning reflex blocks from Loic Remy headers in the second period.
Castrol Ranking: 527


Defense

Salif Sane (Girondins de Bordeaux)

Named in Bordeaux’s senior squad for the first time at the weekend, he stepped into the shoes of older brother Ludovic and gave a great impression of himself in les Girondins’ problem right-back spot. Showed no fear and his long throw-ins were also a source of worry for the guests. A terrific introduction to the top flight.
Castrol Ranking: n/a
Andre Luiz (Nancy) Strong in the center of Nancy’s defense as they faced Sochaux, he scored the only goal of the game with a scrambled effort following a corner. ASNL’s defense did struggle at times, but the Brazilian gave a good account of himself overall.
Castrol Ranking: 652
Cris (Olympique Lyonnais) Heavily criticized after Lyon’s recent defeats in Europe, Cris gave a performance of great confidence in the heart of the OL rearguard as they enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Toulouse on Sunday afternoon. Unmoving, the Brazilian was back towards his best.
Castrol Ranking: 212
Gabriel Heinze (Olympique de Marseille) Loves a battle, and that’s exactly what he got against Auxerre on Saturday evening. Steady as a left-back in the first half, he truly excelled in the center after the break, producing a highly physically and extremely confident performance alongside Souleymane Diawara, who was just as stoical.
Castrol Ranking: 82


Midfield
Bakary Sako (Saint-Etienne) Outstanding as Saint-Etienne broke their winless streak in Le Championnat with a 2-0 victory over a hapless Monaco side. His speed was a serious source of woe to Adriano, but it will be his free kick that zipped into the net from an unlikely position that is most remembered.
Castrol Ranking: 687
Morgan Amalifitano (Lorient) Continues to be a vital component of Lorient’s midfield. The versatile former Sedan man was again to the fore in Saturday’s win over Lens, playing on the right side of their midfield. Was a vital link from the middle to front, scoring the opening goal and having the hand in another.
Castrol Ranking: 297
Gregory Sertic (Racing Club de Lens) Lens may have crumbled to a heavy defeat against Lorient, but surprise starter Sertic did himself a lot of good with a vibrant performance in their attacking midfield sector. Dropped in recent weeks because of poor form, he was far better than anything his team-mates offered, even hitting the bar with the match still tight.
Castrol Ranking: 1434
Nene (Paris Saint-Germain) Ligue 1’s man of the season continues to astound, leading PSG to a 2-1 victory over Valenciennes. His contribution in this game was minimal in the first half, but he broke the deadlock immediately after the restart to signal a far brighter second period. Scored a sumptuous winning goal.
Castrol Ranking: 105


Forwards
Lisandro Lopez (Olympique Lyonnais) Once again Lyon’s outstanding player as they marched to third in Ligue 1, ‘Licha’ opened the scoring for les Gones early in the match and continues to thrive out on the left hand side. Provides great creativity for Claude Puel’s men and is in a rich vein of form.
Castrol Ranking: 255
Lynel Kitambala (Lorient) Probably the outstanding player of the week in Ligue 1, Kitambala stood forward brilliantly in the injury-enforced absence of Kevin Gameiro. Led the line excellently in les Merlus’s 3-0 triumph over Lens, setting up two and scoring another. Auxerre must be regretting the fact they let the 22-year-old leave in the summer.
Castrol Ranking: 1082

Sorin

S. Sane - Andre Luiz - Cris - Heinze

Sako - Amalfitano - Sertic - Nene

Lisandro -Kitambala


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<td><strong>Benoit Tremoulinas (Bordeaux)</strong></td>
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<td>Started the season rather slowly but is now going at a sprint.  Tremoulinas is proving to be the outstanding left-back of Ligue 1,  turning in another exciting offensive performance as les Girondins  dispatched Arles-Avignon 4-2 away from home. The left-back broke forward  from the back regularly and delivered countless crosses of excellent  quality.</td>
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<td style="text-align: center;" colspan="3">Castrol Ranking: 498</td>
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