Ligue 1 Round-Up Week 9

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Updated: October 7, 2013

Olympique Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint Germain

Marseille : Ayew (34′)(Pen)

PSG : Maxwell (45′), Ibrahimovic (65′)(Pen)

Marseille started of the game in the best of fashion causing Sirgu to make a few decisive stops and it looked like PSG’s day could only get worse when Thiago Motta was sent off for basically kicking under Mathieu Valbuena’s foot in the box, the Frenchman’s fall made it easier for the referee to give the penalty and the red card. Andre Ayew slotted home the penalty making Sirigu dive the wrong way. PSG scored just before half-time when Van Der Weil’s cross was headed by Maxwell who was only challenged by Mandana. Andre Ayew gave away a silly penalty when he tripped Marquinhos who was running away from goal wide on the outside of the box. Ibrahimovic stepped up and scored calmly. It was a great win for PSG to keep them level on top with Monaco.

AS Monaco 2-1 Saint Etienne 

Monaco : Ferreira-Carrasco (15′), Ocampos (87′)

St Etienne : Hamouma (49′)

Monaco opened the score early on when Rodriguez put a ground cross-field through-ball into the path of Ferreira-Carrasco who only had to get it past the goalkeeper. St Etienne started of the second-half with a higher intensity after barely creating any chances in the first-half and not long after the second-half kicked off, St Etienne’s exquisite one-two play led to neat little passes on the outside of Monaco’s box going in the path of Hamouma who put it past the goalkeeper. Monaco had a penalty claim ignored when Falcao appeared to be slightly tugged in the penalty area. Ferreira-Carrasco came off for Ocampos who not long after he came on scored, a bouncing cross came in from Rodriguez yet again and Ocampos was the only one who got a touch to it while at the back post to score his first Ligue 1 goal.

FC Nantes 3-0 Evian

FC Nantes : Djordjevic (2′, 34′), Papy Mison Djilobodji (65′)

Ligue 1’s quickest goal of the season (so far) came when Evian failed to even touch the ball and decent passing from Nantes lead to a cross that left Serbian captain, Dhordjevic, to tap it in with his studs. Evian never really got a hold of the game and their not even half chances were opportunities wasted as Djordjevic got on the score sheet again when the goalkeeper failed to clear the ground cross farther than the Serbian forward who scored with a calm finesse shot. Djilobodji got his first Ligue 1 goal heading in from a cross following an unsuccessful free-kick. Evian were pretty poor and hardly created any chances and even though it’s only been 9 games in, Evian who are 2 points above the drop zone look worryingly terrible after that match.

Lille 3-0 Ajaccio

Lille : Souare (17′), Gana Gueye (57′), Kalou (71′)

Lille went up to third in convincing style by thrashing Ajaccio. They went ahead after 17 minutes when Souare’s head met Martin’s corner. Ajaccio defence was just quite simply awful and they hardly created any chances so they were lucky to only be one down at the break. For the second goal, the Ajaccio defence couldn’t deal with Kalou’s dribbling inside the box and then his cross went to no-one except an Ajaccio defender who put it about a metre in front of him, the Ajaccio defenders were still sleeping and Gana Gueye was the only one who went onto the ball the smash it in. When Ajaccio players failed to close down any of the Lille midfielders or put in a proper tackle, one of them took a shot and poor defending again from Ajaccio meant that three Lille players were behind the defenders ready to pounce on the parried shot and Kalou was the closest who easily headed it in. The victory meant Lille went third but against an Ajaccio side who played terribly, especially defensively.

Bordeaux 4-1 FC Sochaux

Bordeaux : Saivet (21′)(Pen), Jussie (39′), Diabate (70′, 89′)

FC Sochaux : Contout (17′)

Diaz was the player to get the first chance for Sochaux with a free-kick that crashed onto the bar on a tight angle. Sochaux continued their good start to the game with a goal from Contout, who took advantage of when the goalkeeper failed to catch a simple cross and fell so Contout stuck the ball viciously above the defender on the goal-line, off the bar and in. Bordeaux got back into the game a couple of minutes after when Sochaux goalkeeper, Pouplin took down Diabate inside the box, the penalty was perfectly taken by Saivet. Jussie put Bordeaux ahead with a header in the six yard box. Diabate put in the third goal when Sochaux failed to clear the ball from what seemed to be a simple cross. Sochaux were trying to play in their own half which backfired and Diabate found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and chipped him after making him prematurely dive. Sochaux started well in the first 20 minutes but then faded away after they conceded the first goal.

Montpellier 5-1 Lyon 

Montpellier : Montano (16′, 68′),Mounier (45′), Cabella (59′(Pen), 66′)

Lyon : Lacazette (47′)

Lyon’s hopes of finishing in the top four looked to dimmer even more as they were hammered by a Montpellier side who’s form hasn’t been admirable. Montpellier were passing it nicely in the box and almost every player who had the ball turned around the pass it until a shot was originally blocked, only for Montano to score in the “goal-mouth scramble”. A corner found the head of Mounier who was unmarked in the box to double Montpellier’s advantage. Lacazette pulled one back for Lyon after shrugging off a couple of players in the middle of the pitch then shooting from distance in between the goalkeeper’s legs. Lyon were punished for playing high up the pitch when Montpellier exploited the space behind and Montanio was brought down by Loped (GK). Cabella put the penalty comfortably in the bottom corner. Montpellier got in behind Lyon’s defence too easily again as Cabella strolled into the box and put it in the bottom corner of the near post. Lyon yet again failed to keep the ball in midfield, yet again were exploited behind their defence and yet again gave Cabella too much time as he put in a perfectly aimed cross for Montano who scored with a powerful header.

Bastia 4-1 Lorient   

Bastia : Boudebouz (6′), Khazri (23′)(Pen), Krasic (59′), Romaric (79′)

Lorient : Coutadeur (31′)

Bastia went into this game with a real chance of beating Lorient who lost 3 of their last 4 games prior to this game. Early on a cross came in and Bruno managed to flick to ball on to Boudebouz faintly and left him to do the rest by smashing it into the bottom corner. The second goal came when a great curling effort from Boudeboux hit the bar, came down to Khazri and then wasa tripped up in the box, and he stepped up to take the penalty and scored with a cheeky chip sending the goalkeeper completely the wrong way. Bastia were unlucky to concede the goal when Coutadeur’s shot deflected over Landreau’s head unkindly. Krasic basically walked into the box and near the bi-line just took a sneaky chip shot over the goalkeeper to put Bastia two goals up again. Romaric got Bastia’s fourth when a corner came in and landed almost awkwardly so that he’d have to head it backwards and on a reasonably tight angle for a header. Lorient’s night finished in even more miserable fashion than they could have imagined when Azouni was sent off for a stud tackle.

Guingamp 2-0 Rennes 

Guingamp : Sorbon (47′), Yatabare (70′)

Rennes were the team that started the game better than Guingamp but were unable to really break them down as Guingamp defended with a lot of men behind the ball. Guingamp went ahead just after half-time as Rennes were caught napping when the corner came in and Sorbon got his head on the ball to score. Rennes struggled to create any real chances in the second-half and things only got worse when Oliveira was sent off with a second yellow card in the 64th minute. A through ball into Rennes’ box opened them up, Mandane got on the end of the through-ball and chipped it over the goalkeeper but as three players were chasing the ball, Yatabare got the last touch and poked it into the net.

Valenciennes 1-1 Reims 

Valenciennes : Enza Yamissi (90′)

Reims : Oniangue (30′)

Valenciennes pulled out a surprise result as they drew even though they are bottom of the table with the worst defensive and offensive record this season. They went behind on the hour mark from an Oniangue headed goal as they failed to do any purposeful marking on the corner, which almost looked like zonal marking. Valenciennes were unlucky in the second-half coming up against a Togolese international goalkeeper on top form and frustrating Valenciennes, but his resistance finally broke in the 90th minute when a low cross went to the far post for Yamissi to tap it in. Although Valenciennes are still bottom, this performance would certainly give them the confidence to try and not get themselves into a relegation scrap.

Toulouse 1-0 Nice 

Toulouse : Ben Yedder (34′)

Toulouse put the pressure on Nice early on as Nice failed to clear the ball ending up with Ben Yedder shooting from inside the box just wide. Ben Yedder put Toulouse ahead in the 34th minute when he got on the end of a fantastic cross that came in from far out. In the second-half both teams had decent chances but they both wasted them or failed to seriously test the goalkeepers.

 

Table

1  AS Monaco FC +11 21 Pts
2  Paris Saint-Germain +9 21 Pts
3  LOSC Lille +7 17 Pts
4  Olympique de Marseille +6 17 Pts
5  FC Nantes +6 16 Pts
6  OGC Nice +1 14 Pts
7  AS Saint-Etienne +1 13 Pts
8  Montpellier Hérault SC +2 12 Pts
9  Stade de Reims +1 12 Pts
10  SC Bastia 0 12 Pts
11  Stade Rennais FC -1 12 Pts
12  Toulouse FC -3 12 Pts
13  EA Guingamp +2 11 Pts
14  Olympique Lyonnais +1 11 Pts
15  Girondins de Bordeaux -1 10 Pts
16  Evian TG FC -7 9 Pts
17  AC Ajaccio -6 7 Pts
18  FC Lorient -8 7 Pts
19  FC Sochaux-Montbéliard -11 5 Pts
20  Valenciennes FC -10 4 Pts

 

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