Lyon take charge at top
Lyon have retaken top spot in Ligue 1 thanks to a 2-0 win over rock-bottom Sochaux on Wednesday. Toulouse are up to third thanks to their 1-0 win at Paris Saint-Germain, while Marseille could only draw at Nantes.
Wednesday 29 October 2008
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard / Olympique Lyonnais : 0 - 2
Lyon had seen Bordeaux move ahead of them on Tuesday, and appeared to be heading for a fourth Ligue 1 match without victory following a lukewarm first-half performance at Stade Bonal.
Karim Benzema sparked the champions into life on 66 minutes with a spectacular strike - the French international forward unleashing a powerful shot from distance which left Sochaux keeper Teddy Richert groping at thin air.
The hosts have enjoyed little luck this season, and Francis Gillot's side again saw Lady Luck turn her back on them late in the game.
Stéphane Dalmat received a straight red card for his wild tackle on Miralem Pjanic nine minutes from time, and when Alvaro Santos did find the net in stoppage time, Sloan Privat - who had provided the Brazilian with the chance to score - was adjudged to have been offside.
Damien Perquis was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for his protests, and the home side's misery was compounded when Benzema raced upfield before giving César Delgado the chance to score a second and take the champions three points clear.
SM Caen / OGC Nice : 1 - 1
Steve Savidan grabbed his sixth goal of the season, but the prolific Caen striker still could not spark Franck Dumas' side to a first win in four matches.
The ex-Valenciennes front man beat Nice keeper Lionel Létizi to Julien Toudic's cross to head the Normandy side in front after 67 minutes.
However, Nicolas Seube's mis-timed challenge on Habib Bamogo six minutes from time allowed Loïc Remy to score from the spot to take his season's tally to six and secure Frédéric Antonetti's side a point.
Grenoble Foot 38 / LOSC : 0 - 0
A flawless display from former Lille keeper Grégory Wimbee earned Grenoble a point at the Stade des Alpes to keep the hosts in sixth, a place ahead of their visitors.
The 37-year-old, who spent six seasons in the north, enjoyed a stroke of fortune as he saw Florent Balmont's early shot strike the bar, but then denied Rudi Garcia's side time and again.
Milos Dimitrijevic could have snatched an undeserved three points for the home side in the closing stages as he lunged to meet a cross ten minutes from time, but the midfielder was unable to keep his shot down as Lille drew their third consecutive Ligue 1 match.
Le Mans UC 72 / AJ Auxerre : 0 - 2
A quickfire double from Dennis Oliech gave Auxerre their first victory in four games and inflicted a third home defeat of the season on Le Mans.
The Kenyan had failed to score in his first eight appearances of the season, but latched onto Thomas Kahlenberg's through ball to beat Yohann Pelé and open his account for the season on 35 minutes.
Four minutes later, he doubled AJA's advantage. Alphousseyni Keita's misplaced pass was intercepted by Oliech, who beat Pelé comfortably to give Jean Fernandez's side their first win in four matches.
AS Monaco FC / AS Nancy Lorraine : 3 - 1
Monaco picked up their first Ligue 1 victory in seven games as they added to Nancy's troubled start to the season.
Frédéric Nimani grabbed his fourth goal of the campaign on 32 minutes after Park Chu-Young had seen his shot parried by Gennaro Bracigliano, and Nikola Pokrivac's long-range effort doubled the hosts' advantage in the 64th-minute.
Youssouf Hadji reduced the deficit 14 minutes from time, but Alexandre Licata claimed a third for Monaco with three minutes remaining to ease the pressure on Ricardo and leave Nancy a point and a place above the relegation zone.
FC Nantes / Olympique de Marseille : 1 - 1
Not even the presence of Hatem ben Arfa in the Marseille side at kick-off could prevent OM slipping out of the top three as they were held at Nantes.
Rémi Mareval's scorching drive had given the home side the lead on the stroke of half-time, but a lightning break - led by Ben Arfa - saw Bakari Koné level 12 minutes from time to earn Eric Gerets' men a point.
Christian Bekamenga was sent off for a second bookable offence ten mintues from time, but Elie Baup saw his men hold on to move up to 14th in the table.
Paris Saint-Germain / Toulouse FC : 0 - 1
A bizarre own-goal from Zoumana Camara condemned Paris Saint-Germain to defeat at home to Toulouse.
The atmosphere at the Parc des Princes was buoyant following last weekend's win over arch-rivals Marseille, but the optimism was soon tempered by the lukewarm display of Paul Le Guen's men.
With neither side creating clear-cut goalscoring chances, a mistake was always likely to be the only way the deadlock would be broken, and Camara provided it on 65 minutes.
With keeper Mickaël Landreau having vacated his goal in a vain attempt to reach a corner, Camara rose highest to get his head to the ball, but misuced his clearance into his own goal as PSG lost their first game in four to help Toulouse move up to third.
Valenciennes FC / Stade Rennais FC : 0 - 0
Rennes stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches, but drew for the third consecutive game as they failed to break down a stubborn Valenciennes side.
Nicolas Douchez needed to be alert to deny the home side on several occasions as Antoine Kombouaré's team ended a run of five consecutive Ligue 1 defeats.
AS Saint-Etienne / FC Lorient : 1 - 4
St Etienne continued their slide down the table, suffering a third consecutive defeat as they were beaten 4-1 by Lorient.
Christian Gourcuff's side struck three against Nantes last weekend, and proved equally efficient in front of goal at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard.
Bafétimbi Gomis levelled for Les Verts after Jérémy Morel had put the hosts in front on 20 minutes, but Laurent Roussey's men were swept aside after the break. Bertrand Robert struck twice before Andrew Ayew added his name to the scoresheet in the final minute to hoist Les Merlus into 14th, their highest position since late August.