Bordeaux & Marseille win to take the Ligue 1 title race to the final day

Bordeaux 1 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) Marouane Chamakh scored a free header from a free-kick to give the hosts a 38th minute lead.

Nancy 1 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) Laurent Bonnart’s strike deflected off a defender to hand OM a 32nd minute lead. Brandao converted a rebound to double Marseille’s advantage, Landry N’Guemo claimed a late consolation for the hosts.

Lyon 3 – Caen 1 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Lyon went into the break 1-up thanks to Juninho’s penalty. With 20 minutes remaining Sidney Govou added Lyon’s second only for Sambou Yatabara to pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute for Caen. There was no fairytale comeback, Karim Benzema wrapping up the points with a late third.

Auxerre 1 – St. Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) Polish international striker Ireneusz Jelen broke the deadlock with a clinical strike in the box after the visitors’ defence made a hash of clearing their lines.

Rennes 3 – Lorient 1 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) A solo effort from Moussa Sow, the striker powering his way into the box in the inside right channel, handed Rennes the halftime advantage. Rod Fanni doubled the hosts lead at the start of the second half, Marama Vahirua scoring a back post volley to restore Lorient’s hopes. But Rennes soon restored their 2-goal lead thanks to Jires Kembo-Ekoko’s 88th minute third.

Nice 0 – Toulouse 2 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) Toulouse’s serial goalscorer Pierre-Andre Gignac did the damage with a first half brace, the first coming after a series of horror errors in the Nice defence while the second was a clinical strike inside the near post.

Valenciennes 2 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) The Parisians were sailing at the break thanks to Mateja Kezman’s first half opener, but second half goals from Johan Audel and Gregory Pujol turned the match in VA’s favour.

Sochaux 2 – Nantes 1 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) Sochaux headed into the break 2-up courtesy of a Mevlut Erding diving header and a Rabiu Afolabi goal on the stretch from a dead-ball. Bagayoko scored a penalty on the hour mark for Nantes.

Le Mans 1 – Grenoble 1 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) Honours were even at Leon-Bollee as Le Mans drew with Grenoble with Nassim Akrour’s opener cancelled out by Anthony Le Tallec. The draw does neither side any favours as they both slip down the rankings to 13th and 16th respectively.

Le Havre 0 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, May 23, 2009) Bottom of the table Le Havre suffered further misery as they went down to Lille, Hazard found Michel Bastos unmarked in the area in the 72nd minute and he easily beat Revault in goal.