LIGUE 1 REVIEW

Ligue 1: Bastos goals helps Lyon topple Lorient

September 12, 2009

A late Michel Bastos header earned Lyon all three points against Lorient in their Ligue 1 clash this evening.

Bastos celebrates his winner
GettyImages / Jean-Pierre ClatotBastos celebrates his winner

Lyon's superiority looked set to go unrewarded until the Brazilian headed home Sidney Govou's cross in the 72nd minute.

While it was a deserved win for the hosts, they were indebted to France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who rebounded from his international woes with a fine performance which helped his side to their fourth win in five matches so far this term.

Bastos' 14th-minute free-kick from 35 yards seemed optimistic but needed a save from Audard - and the Brazilian should have done better than spooning an effort over the bar after being played through by Gomis four minutes later.

Lloris was again in action when he kept out Vahirua's free-kick, but it was his opposite number who really caught the eye with a fantastic stop from Bastos' set-piece four minutes before the break which looked destined for the top corner.

Bastos finally broke the deadlock, rising above defender Jeremy Morel to head home a cross from substitute Govou. Lorient could well have levelled 10 minutes from time had Lloris not made a stunning save to repel a volley from Olivier Monterrubio.

Yoan Gouffran netted in the first half to keep champions Girondins Bordeaux top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 home victory against bottom club Grenoble.

Gouffran was perfectly set up just inside the box by fellow midfielder Jaroslav Plasil before slotting the ball past keeper Jody Viviani in the 18th minute.

Bordeaux, with 13 points from five matches, lead on goal difference from Olympique Lyon.

The win, however, was not enough for coach Laurent Blanc as Bordeaux travel to Juventus on Tuesday in their opening Champions League game.

"I don't mean to be picky but we will have to play much better if we want to hope for anything in Turin," he told French TV channel Orange Sport.

Olympique Marseille, who will also be in Champions League action against AC Milan on Tuesday, did not have it all their way at Le Mans but they won 2-1 with a superb Brandao display.

The Brazilian striker set up Senegal's Mamadou Niang for a splendid volley in the 14th minute and sealed the win with a timely header 21 minutes from time after the hosts had levelled through Modibo Maiga just after the hour.

"We did not make it easy for ourselves," Marseille coach Didier Deschamps told reporters. "We had the situation under control in the first half but we did too many complicated things after that and missed our chances for 2-0."

Marseille, fourth in the standings, are one of six unbeaten teams as are third-placed Montpellier who beat fellow newly promoted RC Lens 1-0 at home.

With all the big guns winning on Saturday, the pressure is now on Paris St Germain, who are fifth on 10 points and travel to Monaco on Sunday (1900GMT) without injured Turkey striker Mevlut Erding.