Ligue 1: Round 13 Results
|Saturday 5th NOVEMBER
||KO||Sunday 30th OCTOBER
|Lille - Evian
||1-1||Caen - Dijon
|Lorient - Ajaccio
|Marseille - Nice
|Nancy - Brest
|Rennes - Valenciennes||1-1|
|Saint-Etienne - Montpellier||1-1|
|Sochaux - Lyon||2-1|
|Auxerre - Toulouse||2-0|
|all kick-offs in CET||Bordeaux - Paris Saint-Germain||1-1|
|Lille turned in another uninspired display as they were held 1-1 at home against Evian.
Taking advantage of rust in the home side’s legs following their midweek Champions League trip to face Inter, the visitors wasted no time in grabbing the lead as a long ball released Saber Khelifa, who scored past Mickael Landreau.
Joe Cole offered an immediate response, though his effort was ruled out for offside, and the Englishman would have a shot pass just wide before the break.
When Lille’s levelling goal arrived, it came from a Benoit Pedretti free kick that was designed primarily as a cross yet span into the net untouched at the back post.
Only rarely did the champions threaten a winning goal, but Tulio de Melo spurned a simple chance after being set up by Eden Hazard.
|Caen recorded a resounding 3-0 success at home over Dijon, who were unable to muster the kind of spirit they showed after being beaten narrowly by Marseille last weekend.
Much of the best play was made by the home side throughout, and before they moved into the lead Romain Hamouma had a volley athletically saved by Baptiste Reynet.
A corner brought the opening goal of the game, with Fredric Bulot’s delivery converted by Gregory Leca.
Midway through the second period, Franck Dumas’ side made the game safe. The excellent Bulot supplied the second after good work from Hamouma, and six minutes later the game was made safe by Pierre-Alain Frau, who was inevitably assisted by the on-loan Monaco winger.
|Lorient moved further into Ligue 1’s top half with a 2-0 victory over bottom club Ajaccio.
Alaixys Romao missed a glaring first half chance for Christian Gourcuff’s side before Mathieu Coutadeur blasted narrowly over, while a rare Ajaccio attack was only denied a goal as Mehdi Mostefa inadvertently blocked Johan Cavalli’s effort.
In the second half, though, it was the hosts who dominated. After missing a series of glaring chances, Yann Jouffre scored with a tremendous long-range strike, and thereafter the home side were measured in their approach, finally securing all three points when Gilles Sunu latched onto a pass from his midfield colleague to register.
A miserable evening for the visitors was completed as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa – undoubtedly their star performer of the season - limped off late on.
|Marseille continued their remarkably strong home record against Nice, easing to a 2-0 win that was not without its moments of concern.
It took OM more than 70 minutes to break the deadlock in this encounter. Benoit Cheyrou released Loic Remy behind the rearguard, and his cut-back was slammed home by Andre Ayew.
Ayew would also have a key role to play in the second, which didn’t arrive until deep into stoppage time, after he had been felled in the box. Remy was the benefactor, clipping a cheeky penalty down the centre.
Previously, Nice had gone the closer of the two sides to scoring, with ex-Marseille man Fabrice Abriel leaving Steve Mandanda beaten with a shot that came back off the bar. It was not to be the night of Eric Roy’s side, however.
|Nancy picked up their second three-point haul of the season as they edged Brest in a game that was dramatic in nature.
There would be few openings for either team in a low-quality contest, but the Bretons thought they had moved into the lead after six minutes when Johan Martial had a goal disallowed.
In keeping with the game, it took a scrappy goal from Jung Jo-Gook to open the scoring after more than an hour, shooting home Reynald Lemaitre’s cross.
It would not be until the final 10 minutes that the game really took light, though. Thomas Mangani thought he had made the points safe only to be denied by an offside flag, before Benoit Lesoimier levelled off a pass from Eden Ben Basat.
That seemed to have split the points, but Daniel Niculae’s astute late finish inflicted an early wound in the relegation dogfight.
|The disappointing form of Rennes continued as they were held 1-1 at home by a Valenciennes side who have struggled on their travels this season.
A rousing start to the match suggested that Frederic Antonetti’s men had pushed aside their October blues, with Jonathan Pitroipa releasing Jires Kembo to score midway through the first period.
But Valenciennes hit back straight away, with their levelling goal coming against the run of play. A corner picked out Remi Gomis six yards from goal, and the midfielder had few problems converting with his head.
The second period would be a far more even affair, but it was still the hosts who fashioned the better of the chances, with Pitroipa heading the best of these over the top.
Saint-Etienne and Montpellier shared the spoils at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, where a 1-1 draw was played out.
Les Verts had the better of the opening exchanges and moved into a thoroughly-deserved lead on the half hour mark. Fabien Lemoine centred and Banel Nicolita was on hand to score his first goal in French football, heading into the net.
More goals should really have followed for the hosts either side of half time, but a combination of poor finishing and smart defending meant the scores were locked when Olivier Giroud’s header from a corner was converted by Joris Marveaux.
In the latter stages the home side again threatened, but once more they failed to ignite at the key moments and had to settle for a draw.
|Sochaux dealt Lyon’s title hopes a severe blow as they picked up a 2-1 win over Remi Garde’s men in Doubs.
The opening 10 minutes were remarkable as both sides got on the scoresheet. It was the hosts who opened the scoring through an Aly Cissokho own goal, which came about as the left-back tried to clear a corner, but Lyon levelled with their first serious attack as Alexandre Lacazette struck home Bafetimbi Gomis’ cross.
After this explosive opening, the game died before the break, though Sochaux were still able to strike again. Ryad Boudebouz was upended in the box, and he coolly converted from the penalty spot.
Lyon pushed players forward in the latter stages of the match but rarely got near Teddy Richert’s goal. Indeed, it was the hosts who looked likelier to add to their tally as they countered dangerously against a sluggish defence, deserving their win in the end.
|Auxerre won a dour encounter against Toulouse 2-0, which the hosts will feel was worth the wait after kick-off was delayed by 90 minutes due to the visitors suffering transport problems.
For well over an hour, the two teams battled this match in the centre of the field, with very little in the way of excitement.
Within 90 seconds of Yaya Sanogo’s introduction as a substitute, the teenager would open the scoring, reacting well after the ball broke to him in the box. He would have had a second had it not been for a superb goal-line clearance by Aymen Abdennour.
But AJA would make the points safe late on, with Roy Contout cracking home emphatically from just inside the box.
|Paris Saint-Germain extended their lead at the summit of Ligue 1, but only by a solitary point as they picked up a 1-1 draw in Bordeaux.
After making a rather sluggish start to the game, Momo Sissoko had les Parisiens in the lead as he headed home a corner kick, but the lead was to be short lived as Yoan Gouffran similarly converted a Benoit Tremoulinas cross.
Bordeaux actually had the better of the efforts thereafter, though Salvatore Sirigu in the visiting net would never be seriously stretched. The closest the hosts came was a thumping free kick from Fahid Ben Khalfallah was needed fisted away as the game rather died after the interval.
With a draw, PSG missed out on a club-record sixth consecutive Championnat success, which will be a source of disappointment for coach Antoine Kombouare, who will nevertheless be pleased with his side's position at the top of the French league.