21:10: Time to sign off now after a fantastic day of Ligue 1 action: We saw 15 goals in our 5 games today, as well as red cards, penalties and last minute winners. So, until next time, Au Revoir!
21:05: Evian 2-1 Toulouse: A last gasp penalty from Mongongu snatched victory for Evian. It was desperately unlucky for Toulouse, who had taken the lead early in the second half through Aurier. Benezet was one of the top performers from either side, his qualities gave Toulouse problems all night long.
21:04: Sochaux 0-0 Saint-Etienne: Don’t let the scoreline fool you – this was an entertaining game. Kurt Zouma saw red after 21 minutes, and Saint-Etienne had Ruffier to thank for a string of fantastic saves. However, after Boumal’s sending off evened the numbers, they regained the impetus and finished the stronger side. A draw was the fair result.
21:03: Ajaccio 1-3 Valenciennes: Pujol grabbed a double, and could have had three or four, to see off Ajaccio. The home side were disappointing today; their only goal was an unfortunate own goal by Mater. Dossevi’s goal half way through the second half was the turning point.
21:02: Lyon 2-0 Guingamp: It was all about the first 15 minutes in this game. Lyon took a quick fire 2-0 lead, and they never looked like letting Guingamp back into the game. The sending off of Diallo did not help Guingamp’s cause either. An important win for Lyon to say the least.
21:01: Reims 4-2 Bastia: Reims provided a very convincing display to see off a spirited Bastia. Khazri scored the goal of the game at the death, but it was never going to be enough for the away side. Once Oniangue reopened Reims’ two goal advantage in the second half, the result never looked in doubt.
21:00: Time for a run-through of tonight’s games! Here we go…
20:55: FULL TIME: Reims 4-2 Bastia, Lyon 2-0 Guingamp, Ajaccio 1-3 VAFC, Sochaux 0-0 Saint-Etienne, Evian 2-1 Toulouse.
20:51: GOAL: Evian 2-1 Toulouse. Evian score a penalty right at the death to win the game! Mongongu tucks it expertly into the top left corner.
20:51: GOAL: Ajaccio 1-3 Valenciennes: Pujol finally makes up for his earlier miss with a goal at the death.
20:50: GOAL: Reims 4-2 Bastia. Khazri scores a stunning free kick into the top corner, but it is just a consolation.
20:47: CLOSE: Great save by Ahamada in the Toulouse goal to maybe secure a point for his team!
20:43: Benezet goes past three defenders with some brilliant skill, but is then brought down in the penalty area by a Toulouse defender. Nothing given though… Benezet is livid!
20:40: CLOSE: A great counter attack from Saint-Etienne almost brings a goal that they deserve, but the ball is deflected just over the bar. Great break there from the away side.
20:38: GOAL: Reims 4-1 Bastia. Game well and truly over now, as Reims score another goal. This time it Atar with the goal to put this game to bed.
20:34: CLOSE: Pujol almost makes up for his earlier miss in spectacular style, but his first time shot from outside the box flies narrowly wide.
20:31: Red Card: Sochaux. Just as I say that, Sochaux stupidly give up their 1 man advantage. Boumal, who was already on a yellow, gets booked by the referee after a silly challenge, and Saint-Etienne are back in this game. 10 vs 10 now!
20:30: Valiant stuff from Saint-Etienne, who are hanging in there with 10 men. They have been 1 man down since the 21st minute, and Sochaux will be disappointed they haven’t broken them down.
20:27: That goal from Dossevi is not enough to lift Valenciennes out of the relegation zone, but they are 18th as it stands.
20:25: GOAL: Ajaccio 1-2 Valenciennes. Ajaccio don’t get away with this one though, as Dossevi punishes the home side. Pujol must be thanking his teammate right now.
20:22: CLOSE: How has he missed! Pujol has a completely free header to restore Valenciennes’ lead, but he head just wide under no pressure whatsoever. Big let-off for Ajaccio.
20:18: GOAL: Evian 1-1 Toulouse. Evian equalise through midfielder Wass. Toulouse’s lead lasted only 10 minutes. The home team have the momentum now.
20:16: Red Card: Guingamp are down to 10 men as Diallo sees red. He had only just come on after half time! Guingamp now with a lot of work to do to salvage something.
20:13: Another great save from Ruffier in the Saint-Etienne goal. He is single-handedly keeping them in the game at the moment. Sochaux looking dangerous.
20:10: CLOSE: How have Guingamp not pulled one back? A goal line fumble is eventually cleared by the home side, but they can count themselves very lucky.
20:08: GOAL: Evian 0-1 Toulouse. The struggling away side take the lead just after the restart. It’s Aurier to the rescue as Toulouse make the perfect start!
20:06: GOAL: Reims 3-1 Bastia. Just as Bastia appeared to be back in the game, Reims restore their two goal advantage. It’s Oniangue with the goal, and the home side are back in control.
20:04: GOAL: Reims 2-1 Bastia. Bastia pull a goal back just after half time from a corner, with Khazri with the goal. Marking could have been better there, but it’s now game on!
20:00: KICK OFF: We are back underway in all 5 games!
19:47: HALF TIME: Reims 2-0 Bastia, Lyon 2-0 Guingamp, Ajaccio 1-1 Valenciennes, Sochaux 0-0 Saint-Etienne, Evian 0-0 Toulouse.
19:46: Huge chance for Sochaux to score, just before half time, but Ruffier makes a brilliant save in the Saint-Etienne goal from point blank range. His positioning there was top class.
19:45: GOAL: Reims 2-0 Bastia. And Krychowiak finished the penalty brilliantly, sending Landreau the wrong way and placing the ball into the bottom right corner. Important goal for Reims, they now have breathing space.
19:44: PENALTY: Reims get a penalty to extend their lead…
19:42: Sochaux look to take advantage of that Zouma sending off, but Bakambu’s header is narrowly wide of the post. Ghoulam probably had it covered on the goal line anyhow.
19:40: CLOSE: Toulouse almost score the opener, but the header from the corner flies just a few inches wide.
19:37: CLOSE: Reims almost double their lead against Bastia, but Landreau makes a flying stop to his right to deny them.
19:34: GOAL: Ajaccio 1-1 Valenciennes. The home team take their chance to equalise, with Mater putting the ball into his own net. Desperately unlucky for the away side, who were good value for their lead.
19:31: Red Card: Saint-Etienne. Zouma is sent off for a horrible challenge – he spread his legs and ‘chopped’ the Sochaux player. Sad to say though that a lot was made of that, the Sochaux man grabbed his head, when there was no contact there at all.
19:29: GOAL: Ajaccio 0-1 Valenciennes. Great team goal here! One touch football is finished off, albeit rather scrappily, but Pujol.
19:25: GOAL: Reims 1-0 Bastia. Reims open the scoring through frontman De Preville, after Bastia had opened the stronger of the two sides.
19:22: Still 0-0 around all the other grounds. Saint-Etienne looking dangerous though against Sochaux, with Erding etc. causing problems for the away side’s defence.
19:17: Brilliant finish there from Bafetimbi Gomis. You could question his character, but there is no denying his ability.
19:15: GOAL: Lyon 2-0 Guingamp. Crazy stuff as Gomis is released through on goal, just 30 seconds after Lacazette scored, and finishes with a cheeky dink over the ‘keeper. Lyon in control.
19:14: GOAL: Lyon 1-0 Guingamp. Lacazette opens the scoring for Lyon against Guingamp! Just the start the home side needed!
19:13: CLOSE: Valenciennes almost score from a free-kick, but it flies just wide. Not sure Ochoa had that one covered…
19:09: Free kick for Lyon… Gourcuff over it… but Guingamp are happy to see it go harmlessly out for a goal kick.
19:05: Measured starts all around, with no goals so far. All teams trying to make an early impression on the opposition.
19:00: KICK OFF: We are underway now in all five Ligue 1 games!
18:55: Just 5 minutes to go until kick off now. Lyon need a good performance today against high-flying Guingamp to get their season back on track.
18:51: Guingamp team vs Lyon: Ndy Assembe – Martins-Pereira, Sorbon, Kerbrat, Lemaître – Beauvue, Mathis, Sankharé, Atik – Yatabaré, Mandanne.
18:50: Lyon team vs Guingamp: A. Lopes – Dabo, Bisevac, Umtiti, Bedimo – Gonalons, Fofana, Malbranque – Grenier – Lacazette, Gomis.
18:48: Saint-Etienne team vs Sochaux: Ruffier – Clerc, K. Zouma, Perrin, Ghoulam – Diomandé, Clément – Hamouma, Corgnet, Tabanou – Erding.
18:46: Bastia team vs Reims: Landreau – Cioni, Squillaci, Modesto, Palmieri – Sablé, Romaric – Boudebouz, Ilan, Khazri – Keserü.
18:44: Reims team vs Bastia: Agassa – Mandi, Tacalfred, Weber, Signorino – Devaux, Krychowiak, Oniangue – Fortes, De Préville, Ayité.
18:42: Toulouse team vs Evian: Ahamada – Aurier, Spajic, Yago – Ninkov, Didot, Aguilar, Chantôme, Sylla – Ben Basat, Ben Yedder.
18:41: Evian team vs Toulouse: Hansen – Mensah, Mongongu, Angoula, Sabaly – Wass, Sorlin, Tie Bi, Ehret – Sougou, Barbosa.
18:40: Valenciennes team vs Ajaccio: Penneteau – Mater, Angoua, Kagelmacher, Ducourtioux – Enza Yamissi, Doumbia, Da Silva – Dossevi, Pujol, Melikson.
18:35: Ajaccio team vs Valenciennes: Ochoa – André, Zubar, Tonucci, Crescenzi – Pedretti, Mostefa – Lasne, Mutu, Diarra – Tallo.
18:30: Welcome one and all, we have another five Ligue 1 games this Saturday afternoon! The matches are: Ajaccio vs Valenciennes, Evian vs Toulouse, Lyon vs Guingamp, Reims vs Bastia and Sochaux vs Saint-Etienne. Team news coming up shortly.