Ligue 1 goals: Precious win for St Etienne; Nantes out of danger zone with win over Nice; Caen lose the basement battle

Saint-Etienne 2 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2009) Strike partners Araujo Ilan and Bafetimbi Gomis got a goal each in the second half to put Les Verts 2-0 up, but a late goal from Lille striker Nicolas Fauvergue ensured a nervy finish for Saint-Etienne.

Caen 1 – Nancy 2 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2009) Youssouf Hadji opened the scoring in the first minute of the game from close range, and Sambou Yatabare equalised for the home side just before halftime when he fired a missile of a shot into the top corner. (First half goals here.) Geoffrey Adjet restored his team’s lead with five minutes to go with a glorious winner.

Grenoble 1 – Toulouse 0 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2009) Laurent Courtois converted a spot-kick six minutes before the break to dent Toulouse’s Champions League hopes.

Nantes 2 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2009) Nantes moved two points clear of the drop zone after first Cameroon international Christian Bekamenga and then French-born Malian Mamadou Bagayoko earned the club a vital win.

Sochaux 0 – Auxerre 1 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2009) Thomas Kahlenberg broke Sochaux fans’ heart when he scored the 85th minute winner at Stade Abbey-Deschamps.

Valenciennes 0 – Le Mans 2 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2009) Gregory Cerdan’s missile from 30 yards gave Le Mans the lead, and former Liverpool flop Anthony le Tallec scored his second goal in as many games to seal the win.

Monaco 3 – Rennes 1 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2009) After a goalless opening half, Lucien Aubey was sent off for the visitors for a dangerous tackle which gifted Jerko Leko the chance to score from spot after 77 minutes. Pino burst forward to rifle past Nicolas Douchez with eight minutes left before Rennes replied through Bruno Cheyrou’s free-kick. Monaco clinched all three points two minutes into injury-time when Pino put the ball into an empty net after all 11 Rennes players went up field in search of a last-gasp goal from a corner.