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Lille undone by latecomers Rennes

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 24 Aug 2008


Rennes were staring at what appeared to be certain defeat against Lille on Sunday until two goals in injury time earned them an unexpected 2-1 win.

Rennes fell behind to a 23rd minute goal from Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye but the Brittany side’s never-say-die attitude paid off when they succeeded in turning the match on its head in time added on.

Emerson’s 90th minute own goal drew them level, then young striker Moussa Sow, set up by a searching freekick blasted upfield by keeper Nicolas Douchez, found the 93rd minute winner from near the penalty spot.

In Sunday’s other early game Nice climbed to fifth with a 1-0 defeat of Auxerre.

The Cote d’Azur club notched up their second straight win courtesy of Ala Eddine Yahia’s 29th minute goal.

Bordeaux, on three points after two games, four behind leaders Marseille and Lyon, play host to Nantes in Sunday’s late kick-off.

Saturday’s French first division programme was overshadowed by a coach crash which left two Marseille fans dead and four seriously injured.

A minute’s silence was held at the former European champions’ fixture at Le Havre in tribute to the victims of the accident earlier in the day involving a supporters’ bus.

The southcoast giants beat the northcoast port side 1-0, the only goal of the subdued fixture coming in the 56th minute from a freekick taken by midfielder Boudewijn Zenden.

An emotional Marseille manager Eric Gerets told a post match press conference: “There are games when you can speak about football. There are matches where a win makes you feel good. But today is definitely not one of those days.”

Gerets, who said au revoir to striker Djibril Cisse who was loaned out to Premier League outfit Sunderland this week, added: “We’ve lost two players. They weren’t on the pitch but they were are 12th man. And that hurts.”

The win lifted Gerets’ men on to seven points and top of the table on goal difference from Lyon, who beat Grenoble 2-0 in Saturday’s late kick off.

Jean II Makoun gave them an early lead when totally unmarked he headed in Swedish international Kim Kallstrom’s corner with Karim Benzema following up.

Third-placed Le Mans ran out 1-0 winners over Saint Etienne with fourth-placed Valenciennes owing their lofty position to a resounding 3-1 home victory against Lorient.

Paris Saint Germain, who narrowly escaped demotion last term, fielded new signing Mateja Kezman for their away trip to Sochaux which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Kezman made his mark on his debut, but not how the Serbia international who arrived on loan from Fenerbahce, would have liked as he accidentally elbowed Sochaux defender Damien Perquis in the face.

Turkish striker Mevlut Erding put the home side in front with a 49th-minute penalty only for Stephane Sessegnon to level just after the hour marker to leave Paul Le Guen’s capital club placed eighth.

Caen came away from their visit to Monaco also with a 1-1 draw.

Toulouse’s trip to Nancy resulted in a goalless draw.


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