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Ligue 1

  • October 21, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade de l'Aube, Troyes
  • Referee: W. Bien
  • • Attendance: 17462

Ligue 1 Round 9 Results: Marseille in shock defeat, as champions Montpellier lose once again

Ligue 1 Round 9 Results: Marseille in shock defeat, as champions Montpellier lose once again

Round nine of Ligue 1 saw L'OM concede top spot to Paris Saint-Germain with defeat to Troyes, as Lille were once again held, while Toulouse recorded a big win away to Evian

Bordeaux were once again undone in the closing stages but maintained their unbeaten start to the season, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Lille on Friday evening.

It was the hosts who broke the deadlock at Stade Cheban-Delmas, with Ludovic Obraniak turning in Mariano's cross after 18 minutes. The former Lille winger shrugged off fatigue having also featured in Poland's draw with England just 48 hours before the Ligue 1 fixture.

Salomon Kalou was the most dangerous of the visitors' attacking trio, but saw a double attempt well saved by Cedric Carrasso.

Rudi Garcia's men were unable to penetrate a resolute Bordeaux defence for long periods, before a last minute breakthrough when Marko Basa rose highest to head home the equaliser.

Francis Gillot's side spurned the chance to keep in touch with the leaders, with Lille earning a valuable point before they host Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.
AS Nancy and Sochaux played out a 1-1 draw that keeps both sides in the relegation zone, though the hosts put a timely end on their run of six consecutive defeats.

Jean Fernandez's men seized the advantage early on through Sebastian Puygrenier's header, but Sloan Privat nearly levelled with a fine effort that crashed against the bar.

The visitors equalised in the second period when Ryad Boudebouz - lively all evening - struck a long range effort against the woodwork, with Ismael Yartey assisting Sebastien Roudet for the leveller.

Both sides had chances to win it in the last few minutes, with Salif Sane spurning a brilliant opportunity late on, as Les Lionceaux held out for a point.

Sochaux sit in 18th place with seven points, with Nancy a place further behind and two points adrift.
Toulouse maintained their good form with a convincing 4-0 victory over a disapppointing Evian side at Parc des Sports.

Alain Casanova's men were without Wissam Ben Yedder, who despite being the club's top scorer, was benched for his actions on international duty with France Under-21s in midweek.

Nevertheless, that did not seem to hinder the visitors who sped into the lead with a fantastic individual effort early on from Franck Tabanou.

Emmanuel Riviere then fired home a fine strike from Etienne Didot's free-kick, with the striker adding another five minutes into the second-half.

Daniel Braaten rounded off a comfortable win, directing his effort past a hapless Stephan Andersen, as TFC moved into fourth place.
Nice made it four games without a win but did at least manage to hold Saint-Etienne to a draw at Stade du Ray on Saturday.

The visitors instigated much of the early attacking play, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's looping header cleared off the line.

The opening goal however came in favour of the hosts, as Eric Bautheac turned in Jeremy Pied's good delivery.

Despite Sainte pressure, it was not until the second-half that they restored parity, as Brazilian striker Brandao took advantage of some carless defending to equalise, and hand Christophe Galtier's men the point.
Stade Rennes' rise up the table continued as they made it three wins in a row with a fine 2-1 win over champions Montpellier at Stade de Route de la Lorient.

The visitors had benched usual number one Geoffrey Jourdren after the goalkeeper had publicly criticised coach Rene Girard in the last game.

Rennes took the lead early in the first-half, as Romain Alessandrini's delivery was met powerfully by on-loan Aston Villa midfielder Jean Makoun.

Benjamin Stambouli saw a good effort scrambled away, before Mevlut Erding rounded stand-in goalkeeper Laurent Pionnier to make it 2-0.

Younes Belhanda tucked away a penalty after Onyekachi Apam fouled John Utaka in the area, but the champions' poor form continued and they now sit a point above the relegation zone. They host Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Lorient's unbeaten run in Ligue 1 was brought to a spectacular end as Valenciennes ran out 6-1 winners over the nine-man visitors on Saturday.

Benjamin Corgnet opened the scoring for Lorient after seven minutes, but Christian Gourcuff's men were quickly on the back foot as Carlos Sanchez and Anthony Le Tallec struck a quickfire double as Valenciennes turned the game on its head.

Lorient went down to 10 men after Arnaud Le Lan saw red, as Gael Danic struck a penalty to double his side's advantage.

The visitors' disciplinary problems worsened further in the second period as Innocent Emeghara was also shown his marching orders.

A triple salvo late on from Vincent Aboubakar - who scored twice - and Le Tallec in the final 10 minutes, saw Daniel Sanchez's side move fifth having scored 10 goals in their last two home games.
The first top-flight Corsican derby in years was played out in a tense 0-0 draw between Ajaccio and Bastia at a lively Stade Francois Coty.

The woodwork had a big impact in the game, denying Anthony Modeste and Adrian Mutu in a frantic first-half in which Johan Cavalli also saw an effort cleared off the line.

Wahib Khazri was then forced to scramble Carl Medjani's chance away from his goal, before events took a controversial turn in the final stages.

A brawl saw Cavalli and oppposite number Gael Angoula sent off with the match having to be halted for a few minutes, though the 0-0 scoreline did remain, with the sides occupying 12th and 13rd position in the table.
Olympique Lyonnais moved into the top three on Sunday with a narrow 1-0 victory over Stade Brest at Stade de Gerland.

Bafetimbi Gomis spurned a decent opening, failing to connect with a brilliant delivery from Steed Malbranque, before Lisandro Lopez forced Alexis Thebaux into a good save.

The visiting goalkeeper was again at his best to deny Dejan Lovren, with Eden Ben Basat unable to test Remy Vercoutre at the other end.

Nevertheless, the deadlock was broken just after the hour mark when Gomis latched onto a fine pass and lobbed the goalkeeper to finally undo the visitors' resistance.

Despite a late rally, Lyon held on to take a podium place, with Remi Garde's side hosting Europa League runners-up Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
Marseille suffered a shock defeat as they lost top spot to Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference in a dramatic encounter in Troyes.

The visitors were dealt an early blow when Andre-Pierre Gignac suffered a serious looking injury and was taken to hospital midway through the first-half.

Andre Ayew tested Yohann Thuram-Ulien, though the hosts did well to keep Elie Baup's men at bay for much of the period.

Troyes were in the ascendancy for much of the second-half and were unlucky not to have gone ahead when Benjamin Nivet struck the bar from a corner.

Marseille went immediately on the counterattack, with Ayew's whipped delivery finding substitute Loic Remy, but he could not convert from three yards, with his header flying over the bar.

Despite a flurry of late chances, Troyes took a shock lead when Nivet headed home after some poor defending and goalkeeping by Steve Mandanda, with the hosts holding on to seal the win.

Victory marks Troyes' first win of the season and the club's first Ligue 1 win since 26th May 2007.