Ligue 1 Table Sees Little Movement at the Top

In the race for the top three positions day 33 of Ligue 1 finds a solidification for the top two contenders Olympique Marseille (68) and AJ Auxerre (63) while third place Olympique Lyonnais’ (59) point difference is now nine points from the top.

Lyon and Bordeaux’s third meeting this month has the Girondins and Lyonnais tying 2-2, a score that is more
detrimental to OL in their attempt to push towards the top.

This push is complicated by the steady positions held by both Auxerre and Marseille. Further, with the incessant reminders in the press of Bordeaux’s continual downslide (See this weekend’s France Football cover with Bordeaux’s Laurent Blanc hanging his head under the headline “Bordeau Série Noire”) , the tie with Lyon must have offered some sense of redemption for Bodeaux in at least deepening the point divide between OL and their competitors.

For the Girondins Chamakh scored a header in the 25th and Plasil scored in the 62nd. For OL Ederson scored at 55 and Cris, with a header, at 72.

Auxerre were successful in holding second place with a strong win over Lorient (4-1).

Oliech opened scoring at the 35th and Jelen followed at 36 (who also suffered a knee injury).

Birsa continued in the second half scoring at 57. Lorient’s Gameiro scored at 82, but to add insult to injury Auxerre’s Hengbart retaliated and scored in the 89th minute.

Marseille equally maintained their number one slot with a win over Boulogne (2-1).

Just before halftime Valbuena scored at 43, while the second half remained goalless until the 83rd minute when Blayac equalised. Unfortunately for Lyon and Auxerre, OM were able, at the 90th minute, to retake the game as Taïwo scored a, perhaps dubious, penalty.

Day 35 promisses to be interesting with Auxerre facing off against Marseille.

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