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Ligue 1 Daily - Brest stay top as the table stays tight

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By Ryan Keaney

Wednesday 17 November 2010

League leader Brest retained their position at the top of Ligue 1 despite drawing at home against Sochaux as Ligue 1 drew much closer together. From the top team Brest right down to Nancy in 19th place, just eight points separate the teams in the top-flight of French table with no-one seemingly ready to grab the initiative and actually try to win the league.

Recently promoted Brest were caught off guard by their quick starting visitors and went behind to a strike from Brown Ideye before Nolan Roux was able to fire the sides level seven minutes before half-time. Having lost weekend to Lille, Brest had been looking to return to winning ways at home to a side that are now winless in five. Sochaux can take heart from knowing that if they continue to play as well as they did against, they should start winning games again.

Behind Stade Brestois 29, Lille jumped into second place after beating Caen 5-2 in the late kick-off. The game was said to have been the most thrilling of the weekend in Ligue 1 and it saw Moussa Sow completing a first half hat-trick for the side that jumped from 5th into 2nd in the league table.

Such is the situation in France; a run of consecutive wins could see any of the top 19 teams moving out in front of the rest. Arles-Avignon remain a drift at the foot of the Ligue 1 table although they did follow up their first win of the season last week with an away draw at Monaco. Early favourites to be league contenders such as Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon continue to struggle for consistency.

The reigning Champions were held at home to Lens in a similar score line to the league leader’s. Stephane Mbia had put Marseille in front after just six minutes but poor finishing from the home team meant Lens remained in the game. Just before the hour mark, Eduardo smashed home an equaliser and they held on for a point that wasn’t good enough to lift Lens out of the relegation zone.

Bordeaux moved into seventh behind Marseille on goal difference thanks to a 2-1 win over Nancy that happened under a cloud of controversy. Not only did it appear that Wendel used his hand to divert Jaroslav Plasil's free-kick towards goal but television replays also showed that the ball hadn’t properly crossed the line. The “goal” was given and meant that Bordeaux had managed to snatch victory and a precious point away from Nancy in the dying moments of the game.

Lyon, seemingly getting their act together domestically in efficient, if uninspiring, fashion moved up to eighth with a routine 1-0 victory over Nice. A Jeremy Pied goal in the first half was enough to see Lyon towards victory and they had the pleasure of missing a penalty when Michel Bastos’ 37th minute spot-kick was tipped onto the post. Nice’s only shot on goal came one minute from time but Daniel Ljuboja's powerful strike cleared the bar and handed Lyon all three points.

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