FRENCH LIGUE 1
The title race is looking like a four-horse race.
Lille’s lead at the top grew to 3 points.
Lyon takes second place.
Paris St. Germain fell to 3rd.
The ‘top four’ is looking certain.
12 more rounds left of the season.
Dijon didn’t make a move from the bottom of the pile.
Kylian Mbappe is still top of the scoring list but didn’t add to his tally in this round; neither did Wissam Ben Yedder.
LEADING GOAL SCORERS
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) – 16 goals
Memphis Depay (Lyon) – 14 goals
Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) – 13 goals
Boulaye Dia (Reims) – 12 goals
Kevin Volland (Monaco) – 12 goals
BREST 2-3 LYON
Goal Scorers – Brest – Brendan Chardonnet 53′ Irvin Cardona 74′
Goal Scorers – Lyon – Lucas Paqueta 9′ Houssem Aouar 29′ Memphis Depay 44′(pen)
SAINT-ETIENNE 1-1 REIMS
Goal Scorers – Saint-Etienne – Charles Abi 89′
Goal Scorers – Reims – El Bilal Toure 72′
NANTES 1-1 MARSEILLE
Goal Scorers – Nantes – Blas 50′
Goal Scorers – Marseille – Dimitri Payet 69′
MONTPELLIER 2-1 RENNES
Goal Scorers – Montpellier – Stephy Mavididi 17′ 27′
Goal Scorers – Rennes – Sehrou Guirassy 77′
LENS 2-1 DIJON
Goal Scorers – Lens – Seko Fofana 30′ Simon Banza 64′
Goal Scorers – Brest – Ngonda Muzinga 61′
NICE 1-2 METZ
Goal Scorers – Nice – Amine Gouiri 61′(pen)
Goal Scorers – Metz – Kiki Kouyate 15′ Lamin Gueye 38′
NIMES 2-0 BORDEAUX
Goal Scorers – Nimes – Birger Meling 14′ Renaud Ripart 71′
STRASBOURG 0-0 ANGERS
LORIENT 1-4 LILLE
Goal Scorers – Lorient – Jérôme Hergault 23′
Goal Scorers – Lille – Andrew Gravaillon 21′(og_ Jose Fone 38′ Jonathan Iknone 59′ Domagoj Bradaric 90+1′
PARIS ST. GERMAIN 0-2 MONACO
Goal Scorers – Monaco – Sofiane Diop 6′ Guillermo Maripan 51′
Brest narrowed the lead down to a goal in the second half, but the three first-half goals held for Lyon to bounce back from their defeat to Montpellier.
A goal in the 89thminute saved Saint-Etienne from a home defeat against Reims. The result marked for Saint-Etienne a successive ‘1-1’ home draw against Reims after a successive 3-1 defeat in the reverse fixtures. Lets see what happens next season (if they both survive this season).
Despite coming from behind to avoid defeat at Nantes, Marseille are back to dropping points in the league after securing maximum points midweek. Lyon and Lille are the fixtures ahead for Marseille. Doesn’t get any easier.
Three successive wins in the league for Montpellier after two goals in the opening half from Stephy Mavididi helped them to a 2-1 win at home against Rennes.
Dijon stayed bottom of the Ligue 1 standings after a 2-1 defeat at Lens.
Metz won their first league game in four matches. They beat Nice 2-1 to grab the three points on the road. Nice have lost their last three games; granted they had some stiff opposition in PSG and Marseille.
Bordeaux lost their 4th league match from their last five. (4L 1D), while Nimes ended a run of three defeats in the league with back-to-back wins. Nimes made up for their defeat in the reverse fixture with a 2-0 home win to cancel their 2-0 defeat at Bordeaux in the opening half of the season.
Goalless between Strasbourg and Angers.
Lille kept top spot after handing Lorient their first defeat in 7 games (including 6 league games). It finished a 4-1 win and a good way for Lille to make up for the points dropped against Brest in the last round, and for their midweek defeat in the Europa League.
After an impressive performance at the Camp Nou, not many would have expected Paris St. Germain to lose at home without getting a player on the score sheet. Monaco did a league double on Paris St. Germain after picking up a 2-0 win from the Parc des Princes. The result narrowed Paris St. Germain’s lead on Monaco to 2 points, while keeping them 4 points from being in position to defend their league title.