Bordeaux deny Lille top spot

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Moussa Sow's tenth goal of the season was not enough to help Lille back to the top of the Ligue 1 table on Saturday as the northerners were held 1-1 at Bordeaux.

Girondins de Bordeaux
LOSC Lille Métropole
: 1 - 1

Rudi Garcia's men came into the weekend in top spot, but saw themselves leapfrogged by Marseille courtesy of the champions' 4-0 defeat of Montpellier earlier in the day. Sow's 36th-minute opener at Stade Chaban-Delmas raised ambitions of fourth successive league win that would have lifted his side into first place once again, but Adil Rami's unfortunate own-goal six minutes after the break means Lille are now behind the champions on goal difference with OM also having a game in hand.

Lille had won five and lost just one of the duo's last nine encounters, and began brightly - Rami forcing a fine save from his French international colleague Cédric Carrasso in the opening minutes.

Franck Beria and Mathieu Débuchy both went close before Bordeaux finally responded - in-form Anthony Modeste, who struck a hat-trick against Arles-Avignon last week, piercing the Lille rearguard before seeing his cross-cum-shot scrambled clear by Beria.

Bordeaux belief

The Lille defender then headed against a post before the visitors deservedly broke through - Sow reacting quickest to stab home the loose ball after Bordeaux had failed to clear a corner to pick up his sixth goal in seven starts away from home this season.

Bordeaux coach Jean Tigana had not lost any of his last seven meetings with Lille as a Ligue 1 coach, and the former French international midfielder clearly found the right words at half-time as his team quickly levelled after the re-start - Michaël Ciani's pressure leading to Rami heading Jaroslav Plasil's free-kick beyond Mickaël Landreau.

Suddenly Bordeaux had belief and Moussa Maazou stretched Landreau with a long-range drive, but a mazy Eden Hazard dribble threatened to unlock the home defence and substitute Tulio de Melo headed over in the dying seconds as Lille finished strongly to extend their unbeaten run to five league games.

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