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Goal.com looks at the best performing players from the 30th round of Le Championnat's calendar

Lille's surprising weekend slip against Monaco didn't prove as costly as it might have done, though the loss of Gervinho to a red card means that he will sit out next weekend's somewhat awkward looking fixture against Girondins de Bordeaux.

LOSC were let off the hook somewhat by Olympique de Marseille, who allowed a winnable fixture against Toulouse pass them by, drawing 2-2, with a late goal from Andre-Pierre Gignac required to salvage some late pride for les Phoceens.

These two slips have allowed Olympique Lyonnais back into the title hunt after a somewhat flattering 3-0 home success over Racing Club de Lens, during which they could even afford to miss a penalty.

Stade Rennais have fallen further to the fringes of the title battle after a derby defeat by Brest, while Paris Saint-Germain ended a difficult run of winless games with an important victory over Caen, who slip back towards the relegation zone.

Lens' loss against OL leaves them entrenched in the bottom three by seven points, while Auxerre have also slipped into the red area of the table.

Goal.com has picked out the outstanding performers from the last round, aligned in a 4-3-3 formation.

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper - Lionel Letizi (Nice)
TOTW Appearances: 1

Given a rare opportunity to wear the gloves, the former France international goalkeeper showed that he can still do a commendable job at Ligue 1 level, stepping into David Ospina’s position with the greatest of confidence. Made a couple of telling saves as Nice earned a 1-1 draw in Montpellier, organising his defence impressively.

Right-back- Christophe Jallet (Paris Saint-Germain)
TOTW Appearances: 2

Generally used as a right-back by PSG, Jallet was pushed into a midfield role on Saturday, where he excelled as a replacement for the injured Ludovic Giuly. The former Lorient player was excellent throughout, most notably grabbing what proved to be the winning goal. Was a real thorn in the side of his opponents.

Centre-back - Nemanja Pejcinovic (Nice)
TOTW Appearances: 5


A newcomer to Ligue 1 this season, Pejcinovic has impressed greatly in the heart of the Nice defence and provided them with a solid foundation from which to base their 1-1 draw with Montpellier. Didn’t let anything get past him all day.

Centre-back - Petter Hansson (Monaco)
TOTW Appearances: 1


It was clear that Monaco wanted to impose their muscular style onto their game against Lille on Saturday night, and Swedish centre-back Hansson typified their approach as the league leaders were shut-out in the principality. Unmoving at the heart of the defence, Hansson may not be pretty, but he’s effective. Having been frozen out previously, Laurent Banide must be having second thoughts.

Left-back - Jeremy Morel (Lorient)
TOTW Appearances: 3


A terrific performance from Morel against Sochaux led to him grabbing the equalising goal in the 1-1 draw against les Lionceaux – Lorient’s sixth in succession. He showed plenty of adventure throughout, but never more so than when he latched onto Lynel Kitambala’s pass to score. A valuable outlet, he was also solid defensively.


Central midfield - Benoit Lesoimier (Stade Brest)
TOTW Appearances: 2


An attacking midfielder by trade, Lesoimier was one of the key components of the Brest side that overcame Rennes at the weekend. Gave an energetic performance out wide for Alex Dupont’s men, supplying the killer ball for Bruno Grougi to score. Excellent down the right hand side all evening.



Central midfield - Blaise Matuidi (Saint-Etienne)
TOTW Appearances: 4


Has come into some fine form in recent weeks and the central midfielder continued to show muscle and dynamism as Sainte controlled their match against Auxerre. That they were only able to muster a 2-2 draw was down to some poor finishing, as they controlled the midfield, where Matuidi was their heartbeat.


Central midfield - Clement Chantome (PSG)
TOTW Appearances: 2


A terrific all-round performance from one of the stars of PSG’s campaign. Chantome was active in every aspect of the game, from breaking up play to deftly keeping possession, but the moment he will remember Saturday’s match in Caen for was his terrific opening goal after 13 minutes.



Attack - Nolan Roux (Stade Brestois)
TOTW Appearances: 4


Showed just how valuable he is to Brest as he returned to his familiar centre forward position with a bang in the derby success over Rennes. Was the hub of his side’s offensive effort and frequently managed to fashion openings for his team-mates. Scored a magnificent long range strike to boot, and will be courted by some big clubs in the summer.



Attack - Park Chu-Young (Monaco)
TOTW Appearances: 2


This hasn’t been the best season for Park either individually or at a team level, but with the season drawing to a close, he’s coming good just at the right moment. Didn’t give Lille a moment’s peace on Saturday night and drew a crucial error from Adil Rami to score the only goal of the game.


Attack - Loic Remy (Olympique de Marseille)
TOTW Appearances: 4


That Marseille earned even a point against Toulouse on Sunday afternoon was largely down to the efforts of Remy, who was their one player who had an outstanding game for a positive reason. Scored the opening goal and then continued to look animated until supplying the pass for Andre-Pierre Gignac to level. Looks a real danger for OM playing through the middle.


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