Saturday, January 26, 2008
Lique 1: Cisse hat-trick helps Marseille thump Caen
PARIS, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Olympique Marseille showed
glimpses of their old form by hammering sixth-placed Caen 6-1 in
Ligue 1 on Saturday thanks to a Djibril Cisse hat-trick and two
goals by Mathieu Valbuena.
Marseille, without a trophy since lifting the 1993 European
Cup, thrilled the home fans with an exciting display.
Midfielder Valbuena scored with a powerful shot from 25
metres and an astute lob from the edge of the box, earning a
standing ovation from the Velodrome crowd when he was
substituted in the second half.
France playmaker Samir Nasri wrapped up the scoring in the
81st minute for Marseille, who climbed two spots in the table to
Lille and Paris St Germain failed to find a
cutting edge as they shared the points in a drab goalless draw at the Stade
Metropole on Saturday.
Neither goalkeeper was seriously troubled in a low-quality contest, Lille
coming closer to breaking the deadlock when Yohan Cabaye crashed a volley
against the post in the 37th minute.
PSG will be happier with the point, which lifts them into mid-table, while the
hosts extend their unbeaten run to five games but remain in danger near the foot
of the table.
Lille, who have shown considerable improvement in recent weeks, had the better
of the possession for most of the match but, playing just one up front, they
struggled to create any genuine clear-cut chances.
Most of them came from long range, central-midfield duo Cabaye and Rio Mavuba
off target in the opening 20 minutes.
Cabaye's volley stood out, the youngster pouncing on a half clearance and
smashing a powerful effort through a crowd of players but against the woodwork.
The second half was dreadful. PSG sat back, happy with the point, and had just
one other chance when Clement Chantome dribbled a shot at Malicki.
Third-placed Nancy were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling
Auxerre in a match that kicked off 30 minutes late because of
Metz and Stade Rennes shared the spoils at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.
Olivier Thomert gave Stade Rennes the lead after 28 minutes but a late Momar N'Diaye goal handed Metz a point.
Sochaux's Jeremie Brechet gave his side all three points at home to Valenciennes.
A 23rd minute Daisuke Matsui strike gave Le Mans a home win against Monaco.
Racing Lens and Strasbourg played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Stade Felix-Bollaert.
Wason Renteria's fourth minute goal was cancelled out two minutes later by an Olivier Monterrubio penalty.
Alvaro Santos put the away side in front again before Monterrubio rescued a point for Lens with an 82 minute equaliser.
A last gasp levller from Ederson gave Nice a point at Toulouse. Dominique Arribage had given the home side a 33rd minute lead.
Leaders Olympique Lyon and second-placed Girondins Bordeaux
are in action on Sunday, away to St Etienne and Lorient