Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ligue 1 wrap: Lille drop more points, Rennes upset

League leaders Lille were held to a 1-1 home draw with Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Saturday while Lorient came from behind to beat Rennes 2-1.

Lille had the chance to extend their lead on second-placed Olympique Marseille to six points with a victory and it looked like happening when Moussa Sow converted Yohan Cabaye’s assist just before the hour-mark.

It was Sow’s 22nd goal of the season in all competitions for Lille and it looked like Rudi Garcia’s side would bounce back from their shock defeat to Monaco last week, but the visitors had other ideas and claimed an equaliser with 14 minutes remaining.

Serbian defender Vujadin Savic was the unlikely goalscorer, snaring his first of the season to secure Bordeaux’s fourth successive draw and deny the table-toppers.

Lorient dealt Rennes’ Champions League aspirations a further blow with their 2-1 away win at the Stade de la Route de Lorient.

Stephane Dalmat opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a low strike that found its way into the bottom left corner, but despite taking the lead, Rennes were on the back foot when a pair of yellow cards saw Samuel Souprayen sent off, giving Lorient the numerical advantage.

And it was an advantage they took full use of, with the equaliser coming shortly after half-time when Kevin Gamiero’s near-post header found the back of the net as he notched his 16th strike of the season and levelled proceedings.

The goal gave Lorient life and 12 minutes later they grabbed the winner through Arsenal loanee Francis Coquelin, who scored a close range effort to claim his first goal for the season.

Coquelin’s goal proved enough for victory, with Rennes’ defender Jean Kana Biyik also sent off, leaving the hosts with nine men to finish the match.

A late, injury-time free-kick from Dariusz Dudka has handed Auxerre a 1-0 victory over Toulouse, moving them up to 14th, while Lens did little to help their lowly position with a 1-1 draw against Brest.

Nice’s resurgence continued as they extended their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions with a 3-2 home win over Monaco.

Caen slipped into the relegation zone after being downed 3-2 by Sochaux, while Dimitri hit a brace as St Etienne defeated Nancy 2-1 to move to sixth.

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