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Ligue 1 Review: Saturday 1st November

Guingamp 1-0 Bastia:

After Guingamp’s 7-2 defeat against Nice last time out in the league, their fans will be delighted with a much-needed 1-0 victory against Bastia. Sambou Yatabare was a danger throughout for the home side, and he capped off his performance with a well-taken goal just before the break, finishing at the back post from a corner.

The second half had little action, and Guingamp defended their lead under limited pressure from the visitors, who were disappointing tonight. The win takes Guingamp out of the relegation zone, and above 19th place Bastia.

Lille 1-1 St-Etienne:

It is hard to believe that this game finished just 1-1… Lille made a very strong start, forcing Ruffier into a couple of good early saves, and took the lead in the 16th minute when Frey latched onto a mis-hit shot from Lopes to divert the ball past Ruffier. Lille could have had a second before the break, but Ruffier was on hand once again to save from Kjaer.

St-Etienne improved considerably in the second period, and equalised when Gradel headed home a brilliant delivery from Tabanou. However, it looked like their lead would only last 10 minutes, as Ruffier clumsily brought down Frey inside the box to gift Lille a penalty. The ‘keeper made up for his mistake, though, springing to his right to save Origi’s effort from the spot. When Hamouma earned his side a spot-kick late on in the game, it looked like ASSE would go home with the points, but Enyeama produced a great save of his own to save Gradel’s goal bound penalty. In the end, a draw was the fair result.

Metz 3-2 Caen:

Metz got off to a blistering start right from the get-go, and took an early lead when Maiga, who put in a very good performance throughout, tapped in Malouda’s cross from 5 yards. They held the lead under little pressure from Caen until the break, and then, at the beginning of the second half, doubled their advantage as once again Maiga scored, finishing low into the bottom corner.

However, the tide soon began to turn in favour of Caen. Calve curled in a brilliant free kick from distance to reduce the deficit to one goal, and Caen went in search of the equaliser. They finally found it in the 83rd minute when Koita headed in from Raspentino’s cross, and it looked like Caen would escape with a point. However, there was a final twist in the tale, as Yahia conceded a penalty, and got sent off in the process, allowing Malouda to slot home the winner from the spot.

Montpellier 2-0 Evian:

Montpellier were never really all that troubled by Evian, and in the end completed a fully deserved win with a 2-0 victory. Ex-Evian striker Kevin Berigaud game Montpellier the lead in the 34th minute when he found space inside the box to head home from 6 yards, following some poor Evian marking.

The second half was more of the same, with few chances at either end, and it didn’t really look like the scoreline would change until full time. However, following a poor goal kick from Evian, Montpellier capitalised, as Mounier finished off a sweeping counter attack to seal all three points for Montpellier, leaving Evian at the bottom of the Ligue 1 table.

Nice 1-3 Lyon:

This was certainly a case of a game of two halves. There as extremely little of note in the first period, but the second period contained some great attacking play from both sides, and calamitous defending from Nice in particular. Nice took the lead when Puel hammered a shot into the top corner from just outside the box in the 51st minute, but Lyon were quick to respond.

Malbranque applied a low, accurate finish from Mvuemba’s pull-back after some very neat build up play from Lyon to level the scores. Then, in the 80th minute, Lyon skipper on the night Lacazette stepped up and delivered, skipping past 2 lazy Nice challenges inside the box to shoot past Hassen and give Lyon the lead. The Frenchman then put the game to bed in added time, when he curled a shot inside the near post from just outside the box.

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