French Ligue 1 review

Ligue 1: Planus strikes as Bordeaux down Monaco

October 31, 2009

A Marc Planus goal gave Girondins Bordeaux a 1-0 home win over Monaco on Saturday as the Ligue 1 champions kept a two-point lead at the top.

Marc Planus
GettyImagesMarc Planus (L) celebrates his goal.

Defender Planus poked the ball home in the 62nd minute after keeper Stephane Ruffier had parried a Marouane Chamakh header. Monaco hardly created a chance as Bordeaux controlled the game in midfield with France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff producing a fine display.

Olympique Lyon are two points adrift after Bafetimbi Gomis sank former team St Etienne with the only goal of the game.

Argentine Gonzalo Bergessio missed a good chance for St Etienne when his lob went just over Hugo Lloris's bar early in the second half. France striker Gomis, who joined Lyon from Les Verts this season, then fired in a Kim Kallstrom corner six minutes from time as the visitors rallied after two consecutive league defeats.

Brazilian striker Brandao salvaged a 1-1 draw for Olympique Marseille at home to Toulouse, who had opened the scoring through France midfielder Moussa Sissoko despite being down to 10 men.

Toulouse keeper Yohann Pele was sent off after eight minutes following a rough tackle on striker Mamadou Niang but the visitors went ahead when Sissoko drove in a 30-metre free kick 19 minutes later. Marseille snatched a point 15 minutes from time when Brandao connected with a cross from Ivory Coast striker Bakary Kone.

The ten men of Nancy snatched a late winner to beat Boulogne and edge closer to the European places. Nancy took the lead through Issiar Dia but were quickly pegged back as Alexandre Cuvillier poked home from close range after 15 minutes.

The game looked to be heading for a draw as Nancy, who had dominated without scoring, were reduced to 10 men with the loss of Jordan Loties with 13 minutes to go, but Youssouf Hadji nodded in the winner with seven minutes left.

Surprise packages Montpellier were beaten for the second game in a row, losing 2-1 at AJ Auxerre who moved up to fifth with their fifth straight victory.

Lens were indebted to a second-half goal from Eduardo Dos Santos as they earned draw against Lorient after dominating most of the game.

Bottom club Grenoble have yet to gain a point this season after losing 2-0 at home to Lille.