Duo lose ground on PSG

A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1 as Lyon and Marseille fought out a goalless draw on Sunday.

Last Updated: 10/03/13 at 22:47 Post Comment

Steve Mandanda kept a clean sheet for Marseille

Steve Mandanda kept a clean sheet for Marseille

A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.

Paris St Germain were the only winners as Lyon and Marseille played out a dull goalless draw at the Stade Gerland.

After just eight minutes, the latter's Mathieu Valbuena released Modou Sougou inside the penalty area but his effort was deflected behind by defender Milan Bisevac.

Two minutes later, Valbuena combined with Andre-Pierre Gignac with the latter's effort skimming the post.

After 21 minutes, Andre Ayew crossed towards Sougou whose header found Gignac. The striker went for the spectacular with his overhead kick falling just wide.

The visitors were well on top and Sougou released Rod Fanni on the right channel before he freed Gignac, whose shot was caught by goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre.

Lyon finally awoke after the restart and six minutes in created their first chance. Steed Malbranque released Gueida Fofana on the edge of the box with his effort hitting the outside of the post before going behind.

Midway through the second half, Alexandre Lacazette released Bafetimbi Gomis but his effort from 12 yards out was pushed around the post by Steve Mandanda.

The stopper also kept out Samuel Umtiti's effort from the resulting corner as the game drew to a frustratingly uneventful conclusion.

Stephane Bahoken marked his first start in Ligue 1 with a first-half brace in the 2-0 win against Montpellier to lift Nice to fifth.

The young striker scored from close range in the 12th minute and again in the 24th as his side bounced back in style from last week's 4-0 defeat to St Etienne.

Montpellier pressed in the second half and hit the woodwork through Younes Belhanda, but the reigning champions could not find a way back into the game.

Cheick Diabate scored the only goal as Bordeaux ended a four-match losing run in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win over struggling Bastia.

It was one-way traffic at the Stade Chaban-Delmas and, after Ludovic Obraniak had struck the crossbar, Diabate grabbed the opener having come off the bench for the start of the second half.

The win lifts Bordeaux one place to ninth, while Bastia remain just three points above the drop zone.

On Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain came from behind to beat lowly Nancy 2-1 at the Parc des Princes.

David Beckham had to make do with a cameo substitute appearance as his Swedish club-mate stole the attention again with two second-half goals in the space of three minutes, following Benjamin Moukandjo's first-half opener for the visitors.

Lille came from behind to beat Valenciennes 3-1 at the Stade du Hainaut and extend their Ligue 1 winning streak to five matches.

Maor Melikson had given mid-table Valenciennes a first-half lead, but Rudi Garcia's men slipped into another gear after the break, with goals from Ronny Rodelin, Tulio de Melo and Benoit Pedretti earning the three points.

The latter pair stepped off Lille's bench to make the difference, with Valenciennes unable to summon a response as the visitors - now fifth - closed in on the top three.

Lower down the ladder, Evian responded to coach Pascal Dupraz's pre-match pleas with an emphatic 5-1 win over fellow strugglers Sochaux to move out of the relegation zone.

Dupraz had claimed that psychologically the game was "worth a thousand points", with Evian lying three points behind their opponents who occupied the last position above the drop zone.

By the time Cedric Barbosa and Saber Khelifa had scored twice apiece, Kevin Berigaud adding another to render Cedric Bakambu's 53rd-minute equaliser irrelevant, Evian had jumped two places to 16th and it was their shell-shocked opponents who were left residing in the bottom three.

Brest are still looking over their shoulder at the relegation places after losing 1-0 at home to Toulouse.

Landry Chauvin's side headed into the game five points above the drop zone and looking to build on last weekend's 1-1 draw with title-chasing Lyon.

But Adrien Rabiot's goal on the stroke of half-time at the Stade Francis-Le Ble - coupled with Evian's win - saw Brest's margin over the bottom three shrink to just two points. Toulouse, meanwhile, climbed to 11th.

It was a dramatic night in the lower reaches and a woeful display from Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa helped Troyes lift themselves off the foot of the table and drag the away side ever closer to the drop zone after a 4-2 win.

Goals from Corentin Jean and Julien Faussurier put the home two in front with an hour gone before a late scoring spree, including Jean's second and a late effort from Mohamed Yattare added to the excitement.

Nicolas de Preville and Odair Fortes were on target for the visitors, making it 2-1 and then 3-2.

Ajaccio moved clear of the danger zone as Ronald Zubar's second-half goal earned them a 1-0 victory over Lorient.

The former Wolves defender lashed home a powerful shot in the 75th minute.

On Friday night, St Etienne missed the chance to climb above Marseille as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Rennes.

Goals from Romain Danze and Julien Feret put Rennes into the lead twice, but Yohan Mollo and the in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pegged the hosts back.


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