Marseille frittered away a two-goal lead against Lorient to go down 3-2 while Paris took the points 3-1 in Le Havre with goals from Guillaume Hoarau and Ludovic Giuly.
Saturday November 15, 2008
Olympique de Marseille / FC Lorient : 2 - 3
Lorient pulled off an amazing come from behind win, with three goals in just 11 minutes, to stop the Marseille juggernaut dead in its tracks.
Karim Ziani put the home side ahead in the 10th minute, attacking Benoît Cheyrou's cut-back pass at the edge of the area with a powerful angled shot that easily beat Lionel Cappone in the Lorient goal.
Marseille, better organised and with the better chances of the first half, should have gone further ahead, but waited until the hour mark when Mamadou Niang doubled his side's lead from the penalty spot.
Instead of hanging onto their lead and simply playing the game out, Marseille kept on the front foot, and were denied a second for Niang by the lineswoman's flag.
Minutes later Lorient began its amazing comeback through Morgan Amalfitano, who ran onto a poor Marseille clearance, smashing a 20m volley that somehow snuck between Steve Mandanda and the bottom of the post. Fabrice Abriel notched their second in the 84th minute with a wicked 25m shot that bounced awkwardly past Mandanda and into the goal.
Just three minutes later, Kévin Gameiro struck the surprise winner, diving to steer Abriel's excellent cross, which had found him unmarked in the area, into the back of the net.
Marseille could have gone within one point of leaders Lyon with a win, but remain in second place nonetheless. Lorient climb two places to 13th.
Havre AC / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 3
Paris were too strong for Le Havre, scoring two goals in the first half and one at the death to take the three points and climb two places to sixth on the table.
In-form striker Guillaume Hoarau continued his fine form in front of goal with a double against his old club, nodding home a Sylvain Armand cross in the 18th minute and slotting a penalty past Christophe Revault and then firing from the penalty spot in injury time at the end of the match after the Le Havre 'keeper was adjudged to have brought down Peguy Luyindula in the area. Hoarau now sits atop the goal scoring charts alongside Lyon's Karim Benzema and Toulouse's André-Pierre Gignac.
Ludovic Giuly scored Paris's second in the 34th minute in a half largely dominated by the men from the capital, latching onto Clément's pass to beat Revault with a magnificent angled shot from the right of the area.
Le Havre bounced back in the second half, pulling a goal back through Amadou Alassane after just three minutes of play, but the Parisian's win was never in danger.
Toulouse FC / Grenoble Foot 38 : 2 - 0
An André-Pierre Gignac double in the first 20 minutes of the match was enough to see Toulouse past Grenoble at The Stadium.
Toulouse came out firing and took the lead in the 2nd minute, when Gignac pounced from close range after Grégory Wimbée could only parry Jeremy Mathieu's shot from outside the box. The league's equal-top scorer was at it again in the 19th minute, this time placing a deft lob over Wimbée after racing past Grenoble defender Milivoje Vitakic on the counter.
Grenoble failed to react significantly in the second half and Toulouse took the points, overtaking Bordeaux to move into provisional third place, ahead of Bordeaux's trip to Lyon on Sunday night.
AS Nancy Lorraine / SM Caen : 1 - 1
Caen did all the scoring in this 1-1 draw at the Stade Marcel-Picot, going ahead through newly capped France international Steve Savidan, who neatly chipped Gennaro Bracigliano after latching onto a defence-splitting pass from youngster Julien Toudic in the centre circle in the 51st minute.
Florian Boucansaud undid their hard work 20 minutes later however, heading Benjamin Gavanon's dangerous corner into his own goal at the near post.
In the end either team could have taken the points, with strong performances from Savidan and Nancy striker Youssouf Hadji and several chances created at both ends, but the score remained unchanged for a draw that sees both sides remain locked into the bottom half of the table.
Le Mans UC 72 / Valenciennes FC : 1 - 0
A magnificent strike from Mathieu Coutadeur, direct from a corner in the 21st minute, was enough to see Le Mans past cellar-dwellers Valenciennes in a free-flowing and attacking match at the Stade Léon-Bollée.
Le Mans put a string of poor results behind them to climb one place to ninth while Valenciennes, still without an away win for the season, remain stuck to the bottom of the table.
AJ Auxerre / FC Sochaux-Montbéliard : 1 - 0
Auxerre scored the only goal of a hard-fought match against the run of play in the 31st minute. Daniel Niculae delivered a precise pass to put Kévin Lejeune clean through and the young striker did the rest, beating Sochaux 'keeper Teddy Richert with a side-footed shot.
Sochaux will be disappointed with the loss after dominating possession and producing some excellent football. Francis Gillot's men remain in 19th place while the win sees Auxerre climb into the top half of the table.