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French Ligue 1

Municipal De Gerland (ATT 39,717) 28th September 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Lyon Lyon vs Lille Lille

Lyon 0


Lille 0

Lille forced to settle for a point

Last Updated: 28/09/13 9:43pm

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Idrissa Gueye vies for the ball with Clement Grenier

Idrissa Gueye vies for the ball with Clement Grenier

Lille had to settle for a point as they were held to a goalless draw in Lyon.

The visitors were chasing a third straight Ligue 1 win to keep up with the leading group, but left Stade Municipal de Gerland disappointed after failing to break down the hosts despite having plenty of chances.

It had been a promising start from Rene Girard's side, and the course of the match could have been so different had Simon Kjaer's goalbound header not been cleared off the line by Lyon defender Bakary Kone, with goalkeeper Anthony Lopes beaten.

Lille pressed again after 16 minutes when Salomon Kalou was sent through by substitute David Rozehnal, but the former Chelsea forward saw his shot beaten away by Lopes.

The home side, who had lost at AC Ajaccio in week seven, finally threatened the Lille goal with a long-range free-kick from Clement Grenier, which Vincent Enyeama saved.

Ivory Coast international Kalou was involved as Lille threatened again just before the break, when his pass found Idrissa Gueye, but the Senegalese midfielder's 20-yard effort hit the woodwork.

Lille pressed at the start of the second half when Florent Balmont got away down the left and fed Nolan Roux, whose low effort was kicked away by Lopes.

Lyon came close to breaking the deadlock with 20 minutes left when Bafetimbi Gomis sent his close-range header over.

At the other end, Lopes was called into action again when he denied Kalou in another one-on-one, this time after the Lille forward was played through by Ronnie Rodelin.

The home side then almost snatched victory in the closing stages, when former Fulham midfielder Steed Malbranque put Gomis clear, but Enyeama was alert and made a fine reflex save to see the points shared.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 10 25
2 Paris St Germain 10 18
3 Bordeaux 10 18
4 Lyon 10 17
5 St Etienne 10 17
6 Nantes 10 16
7 Metz 10 15
8 Lille 10 15
9 Monaco 10 14
10 Montpellier 10 14
11 Toulouse 11 14
12 Nice 10 14
13 Rennes 10 12
14 RC Lens 11 11
15 Reims 10 11
16 Lorient 10 10
17 Bastia 10 10
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 10 10
19 Caen 10 9
20 Guingamp 10 9