posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 10:13 AM
Lyon extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to four points on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Lens.
Ghana international Mickael Essien scored the only goal of the game after 36 minutes to further increase the lead of Lyon, who are seeking a fourth
consecutive domestic title. Lens coach Joel Muller was already under considerable pressure and this result may further test the patience of club
president Gervais Martel.
Lille could cut the lead to one point by winning their match against Istres at Nimes on Sunday. However, there is already an eight-point gap between
Lyon and third-placed Auxerre, who also have a game in hand, with Sochaux and Monaco now level on the same number of points as Auxerre after both
playing on Saturday.
Sochaux continued their impressive recent form with a 2-0 victory at Caen with Araujo Ilan and Jaouad Zairi supplying the goals.
Abdelnasser Ouadah snatched a 2-2 draw for Ajaccio at Monaco, whose winless run has now been extended to six matches. Nenad Dzodic gave Ajaccio a
17th-minute lead but Ernesto Javier Chevanton equalised for Monaco. Mohamed Kallon put the Principality club ahead with 12 minutes remaining but
Ouadah snatched a draw for the Corsicans.
At Toulouse, Thibault Giresse, son of French legend Alain Giresse, scored the opener for the hosts but Franck Ribery hit back for Metz with eight
minutes remaining to ensure a 1-1 draw.
Fabrice Jau gave Bastia a first-half lead against Rennes but Kim Kallstron equalised after 78 minutes in a match that also finished 1-1.
A stoppage-time goal from Mickael Pagis helped Strasbourg grab a 1-0 win at home to Bordeaux.
St Etienne picked up a welcome win when they pulled off a 2-1 home win over Nice.
Pascal Feindouno was the hero with a penalty and an injury-time winner which sandwiched Victor Agali's goal for Nice.