Ligue 1 wrap: Lille extend deficit, Monaco fight for survival

Lille moved four points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nancy on Saturday.A goal from Eden Hazard in first-half additional time was enough to separate the two sides and put Rudi Garcia’s side in a good position to claim the title.

Second-placed Marseille face a blockbuster trip to Lyon on Sunday and need a win to keep the pressure on Lille.

Hazard, 20, struck in the second minute of first-half stoppages and Lille kept their composure for a 1-0 win.

Nancy remain in the relegation zone after the loss, still one point from safety.

Monaco continued edging further from the drop zone after playing out a 1-1 draw with third-placed Paris Saint-Germain.

Brazilian defender Adriano Pereira had given Monaco a surprise lead on 25 minutes, but they could only hold out until early in the second half to settle for their second-straight draw.

Attacker Mevlut Erdinc levelled six minutes into the second period and PSG had to settle for a point, leaving Lyon the opportunity to leapfrog them if they can take at least a point against Marseille.

Monaco moved into 14th but they are not yet safe, with Nancy only two points adrift in the relegation zone.

Sochaux scored four times in the opening half an hour in a 4-0 thrashing of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux manager Jean Tigana stepped down from his role following the loss, citing fan abuse directed at his daughter as the reason.

A brace from Ideye Brown, to go along with goals from Damien Perquis and Ryad Boudebouz, handed Sochaux a blistering lead after 30 minutes.

The win kept their hopes of claiming the Europa League spot alive, while ninth-placed Bordeaux are out of contention.

In other games, a goal from attacker Roy Contout gave Auxerre a 1-0 win over Montpellier to move into 12th and four points clear of relegation.

Saint-Etienne stayed in eighth after a 1-0 win over the relegated Arles.

A 33rd-minute penalty from Alejandro Alonso was all that was required for victory, particularly after Arles defender Dianbobo Balde was sent off two minutes later.

Nice broke a three-game losing run after recording a 0-0 draw at Brest, while Lorient and Toulouse also finished scoreless.

Lens remain eight points from safety after having to come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at Caen.

Raphael Varane’s 37th-minute goal cancelled out Mbaye Niang’s first-minute opener.

 


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