With a late draw against Auxerre (1-1), Toulouse reached the second place in the French championship while Lille missed out after losing to Valenciennes (see photo). French "big guns", Lyon, Marseille and Paris play on Sunday.
AFP - Toulouse moved into second place in the French first divsion on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Auxerre, but they needed a goal 10 minutes from time to stay on course for a European place next season.
Bryan Bergougnoux found the target in the 80th minute to equalise Polish striker Ireneusz Jelen's 26th-minute opener for Auxerre.
The point preserved Toulouse's unbeaten record which stretches back to November, but they are six points behind seven-time champions Lyon who face Rennes on Sunday.
Strugglers Valenciennes scotched Lille's attempts to have a say in the French title race with a 2-0 success.
Lille, who enjoyed a brief foray into the Champions League three seasons ago, stay sixth after goals in quick succession from Gael Danic and former Glasgow Rangers striker Jean-Claude Darcheville around the half-hour mark put paid to their lofty ambitions.
The northerners stay on 43 points from 27 games, one behind Bordeaux, who host Lorient on Sunday.
Valenciennes pushed into midtable after they made it nine matches unbeaten in all competitions.
PSG, now third in the table on goal difference behind Toulouse, are also in action Sunday, at home to midtable Nancy while fourth-placed Marseille visit struggling Caen and St Etienne look to exit the drop zone with a win at Monaco.
Elsewhere Saturday, Nice saw their hopes of bagging a potential place in Europe fade after a 1-0 loss at Sochaux, now level on points with fourth-bottom Caen.
Nantes and Grenoble shared a 1-1 draw and Le Mans moved away from the danger zone with a 2-0 home win over a Le Havre side which appears doomed after a 19th league defeat left them ten points behind St Etienne.
Date created : 2009-02-28