FRENCH LIGUE 1

Grand Stade Lille Metropole

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Lille

  • Ronny 59'
  • Salomon Kalou 72'

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Bordeaux

  • Jaroslav Plasil 31' PEN

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Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou is hopeful Tuesday's Coupe de France exit will not have a negative effect on their league form as they look to maintain their European push against Bordeaux tomorrow.

Rudi Garcia's men have won their last three Ligue 1 matches and lie eighth in the standings, five points off the top four.

Defeat to St Etienne in midweek ended their cup challenge for the season, but Chedjou says the team have quickly put that result behind them.

``We have digested it,'' he said on www.losc.fr. ``I hope it will not break our strong momentum in the league.

``Anyway we are fully focused on the visit of Bordeaux and our future in the league, the last competition we remain in.

``We must keep our run going from the last three matches, with the desire to take points from those teams around and above us in the table.

``Perhaps (our cup exit) can be a blessing in disguise.''

Lille will be without Rio Mavuba (knee) and Ryan Mendes (ankle) for this weekend's fixture.

Bordeaux were also in cup action in midweek, coming through a gruelling encounter against fourth-tier Raon-L'Etape on penalties.

Defender Florian Marange admits the match took a lot out of the team, but they will try to find some energy for the trip to Lille.

``We struggled to come through and were very close to defeat but we qualified, albeit on penalties, and that's the most important thing,'' he said on www.girondins.com.

``We're really tired. We have not played extra-time for a long time. The pitch was difficult and we returned late at night. We will have to recover well and quickly.

``Lille are a good team and it will be a very difficult match, but we have to be ready for Sunday.''

Victory tomorrow would see Les Girondins climb above their opponents in the table. They are currently two points and two places behind Lille.

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