Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns of further sanctions against Russia

    Read more

  • Experimental Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • IMF stands behind Lagarde amid French corruption probe

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to courting Hezbollah

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Chelsea’s Torres set for AC Milan switch

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Netflix to woo French with ‘House of Cards’ set in Marseille

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

Sport

Lyon keeps Ligue 1 top spot with Montpellier defeat

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-12-01

Lyon held onto its place at the top of the French league with a 1-0 win over defending champion Montpellier on Saturday, while PSG lost 2-1 to Nice.

Lyon extended its lead at the top of the French league with a 1-0 win over defending champion Montpellier on Saturday.

In-form Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis beat his marker to fire Clement Grenier’s pass beyond goalkeeper Jonathan Ligali in the 26th minute.

The leaders are now five points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, which lost 2-1 at Nice.
Lyon could have doubled its lead 10 minutes later when Steed Malbranque’s effort whistled just past Ligali’s right post.

Montpellier went close in the 66th, but goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre did well to parry Marco Estrada’s powerful shot.

Moments later, Souleymane Camara fired narrowly wide for Montpellier.

Gomis scored a hat trick as Lyon beat Marseille 4-1 in midweek.

PSG dominated against Nice but struggled to carve out any opportunities.

Eric Bautheac gave Nice the lead in the 76th, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic leveled from a free kick just four minutes later.

Valentin Eysseric scored what was to prove the winner in the 86th. PSG player Blaise Matuidi was sent off in stoppage time after picking up a second booking to cap a miserable night for his team.

Bordeaux is one point behind PSG, Saint-Etienne and Marseille after drawing 2-2 against struggling Sochaux.

Loic Poujol headed Sochaux in front against the run of play, but Jerome Roussillon bundled the ball into his own net six minutes later to level.

Bordeaux took the lead shortly after the break through Yoan Gouffran, before Rafael Dias snatched a point with a 20-meter free kick three minutes from time.

Bottom club Nancy also picked up a valuable point, with a 1-1 draw at Evian.

Brice Dja Djedje gave Evian the lead with a stunning strike from 30 meters at the end of the first half, but Nancy leveled through Yohan Mollo five minutes after the break.

Elsewhere, Valenciennes beat Reims 1-0 thanks to Foued Kadir’s fifth-minute strike, while Bastia held Lille to a scoreless draw.

(AP)
 

Date created : 2012-12-02

COMMENT(S)