Ligue 1: Lille close gap with seventh straight win; Lyon win late; Monaco see off Sochaux; Away joy for Lorient, St Etienne & Toulouse

Nancy 0 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Lyon moved up to fourth, 10 points behind Bordeaux, with a 2-0 win at Nancy thanks to late goals from defender Cris and midfielder Maxime Gonalons.

Lille 3 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Lille opened the scoring with an angled shot by Poland’s Ludovic Obraniak on four minutes. Fellow midfielder Florent Balmont doubled the advantage with a header early in the second half and defender Franck Beria nodded a third before the visitors pulled one back through Turkey striker Mevlut Erding after 83 minutes.

Valenciennes 1 – Toulouse 3 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Franck Tabanou opened the scoring from Andre-Pierre Gignac’s pass on 16 minutes before Johan Audel headed home Rudy Mater’s free-kick to equalise a minute before halftime. Carlos Sanchez then hit the bar for Valenciennes before Mohamed Fofana responded likewise for the visitors. Toulouse went back in front on 84 minutes when Tabanou was again set up by Gignac to score and Moussa Sissoko then added a third three minutes later.

Rennes 1 – Lens 1 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Rennes and Lens played out a 1-1 draw, with Moussa Sow nodding in Rod Fanni’s cross to put the hosts ahead on 55 minutes. Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s close-range finish 10 minutes later earned a point for Lens, who had Alaeddine Yahia sent off late on.

Montpellier 1 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Souleymane Camara scored the only goal from close range on 58 minutes, while Montpellier came close to a second when Emir Spahic struck the crossbar.

Monaco 2 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Nene struck twice in the final six minutes as Monaco battled for a 2-0 win over Sochaux at Stade Louis II. Stephane Dalmat hit the post midway through the second half for Sochaux before Nene netted on 84 minutes and again in stoppage-time.

Le Mans 0 – Lorient 3 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Lorient produced an impressive performance on their travels after a 3-0 win over lowly Le Mans, with Laurent Koscielny scoring after 22 minutes. Olivier Monterrubio’s free-kick made it 2-0 just before the interval and he added another goal early in the second period from Arnaud Le Lan’s cross.

Grenoble 1 – St. Etienne 2 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) St. Etienne hung on to record an important 2-1 success away to Grenoble, who have now won just once in 20 league matches this season. Loic Perrin gave St Etienne the lead just after the half-hour mark and Emmanuel Riviere doubled the advantage five minutes before halftime. A Cedric Varrault own goal immediately brought Grenoble back into the game and the hosts almost snatched an equaliser when Sandy Paillot was denied by the woodwork in the second half.

Auxerre 0 – Boulogne 0 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Auxerre’s bid to make inroads into Bordeaux’s lead at the top was thwarted after a 0-0 draw at home to second-from-bottom Boulogne.


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