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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 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23