Lyon failed to capitalise on PSG’s defeat this weekend meaning that the capital-city club remain at the top of the table.
Nancy lifted themselves from the bottom of the table at the expense of Troyes, but it was discipline (or a lack of) that was an issue this weekend with several red cards dishes out over the course.
Montpellier kicked off the weekend’s action with a 2-0 win over Rennes. Second-half goals from Hilton and Souleymane Camara ensured that the reigning champions keep pace with the Europe-chasing sides in the Ligue 1 table.
Reims were 1-0 winners over title-chasing Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Auguste Delaune. The home side were reduced to 10-men when Christopher Glombard was given his marching orders on the hour mark. Reims, however, did not let this deter them as they took the lead four minutes later through Grzegorz Krychowiak. They managed to hold on for the victory whilst PSG stay top of the league in spite of the defeat.
Bastia defeated rivals Ajaccio in the Corsican derby. Toifilou Maoulida scored the game’s only goal early in the second half before Mathieu Chalme was sent off for Ajaccio late in the game for a bad tackle on Bastia forward Anthony Modeste. There was late action which saw no less than four more players sent off in added time. Ajaccio’s Dennis Oliech was shown a red card for a tough challenge on goalkeeper Mickael Landreau. As a result of this, a huge melee broke out on the pitch which saw red cards shown to Benjamin Andre of Ajaccio and Florian Thauvin and Jerome Rothen of Bastia.
Lorient and Valenciennes battled to a 1-1 draw. An early strike by Lorient’s Kevin Monnet-Paquet was cancelled out by a Gael Danic penalty late in the match.
St Etienne once more showed their lethal touch in a 4-0 win over Nice. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a penalty very early in the match. As the match approached the half-hour mark, Nice’s Valentin Eysseric was shown a straight red card for a horrific foul on former Rangers and PSG midfielder Jeremie Clement which left the player with a suspected fractured ankle. St Etienne extended their lead in the second half when Brandao’s two strikes were split by a Yohan Mollo effort. The win sees St Etienne leap to 4th in the table at Nice’s expense.
Nancy were 2-1 winners away to Sochaux. A Benjamin Moukandjo penalty gave Nancy the lead early in the match before Florent Zitte doubled the advantage just before half-time. Sloan Privat pulled a goal back in the last minute of the game but it was nothing more than a consolation goal.
Toulouse and Evian drew 0-0. Neither side fully imposed themselves in the fixture, though Toulouse were the better side over the course of the game as a whole. Evian failed to register a shot on target.
Lyon closed the gap on PSG to just two points though they only managed a draw away to Brest. Brest were ahead after just eight minutes when Kamel Chafni put the ball past Remy Vercoutre in the Lyon goal. An own goal from Tripy Makonda early in the second half put Lyon level though the away side were unable to take advantage of the chances presented to them as Brest held on for the point.
Marseille were 2-1 winners over basement side Troyes. Troyes captain Marcos put his side in front in the second half but a Florian Jarjat own goal had Marseille level less than ten minutes later. Andre-Pierre Gignac put his side in front soon after as they remain in the top three.
The final match of the weekend saw Lille host Bordeaux. A Jaroslav Plasil penalty put the away side ahead just after the half-hour mark. Ronny Rodelin pulled Lille level on the hour mark as both sides pressed for a winner. Lille extended their lead when former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou found the back of the net midway through the second half.
Results: Montpellier 2-0 Rennes; Reims 1-0 PSG; Bastia 1-0 Ajaccio; Lorient 1-1 Valenciennes; St Etienne 4-0 Nice; Sochaux 1-2 Nancy; Toulouse 0-0 Evian; Brest 1-1 Lyon; Marseille 2-1 Troyes; Lille 2-1 Bordeaux
Good week: Penalties – Several sides can thank penalties for their victories this weekend. Plenty of tough tackling and fouls took place as sides look to fly up the Ligue 1 table.
Bad week: Discipline – Along the same lines as the penalties, discipline was clearly an issue this weekend. No less than seven red cards were dished out (five of them in the one match) as certain sides let the occasion get the better of them.