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Stade Nungesser 30th November 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Lille Lille

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Lille 1

R Rodelin (46)
F Beria (S/O 52)

Rodelin the hero for Lille

Last Updated: 30/11/13 10:12pm

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Ronnie Rodelin: Scored for Lille

Ronnie Rodelin: Scored for Lille

Ronnie Rodelin scored early in the second half to propel 10-man Lille into second place in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win over struggling Valenciennes.

The striker, who came on as a substitute for Salomon Kalou at the start of the second period, netted in his first minute of being on the pitch to lift his side to within touching distance of leaders Paris St Germain.

The result left Rene Girard's side just one point behind PSG, who play Lyon at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.

Lille claimed the points despite being reduced to 10 men when Franck Beria was dismissed in the 52nd minute for his second bookable offence.

The visitors dominated the first half against a Valenciennes side who drew their last two games 1-1 against Lyon and Montpellier, with Florent Balmont going close in the third minute before Nolan Roux shot inches wide.

Roux then set up Soualiho Meiti, whose shot skimmed the post just before the half-hour mark.

The visitors were rewarded for their superiority early in the second half when Rodelin, who had just come onto the pitch, was at the far post to meet Pape N'Diaye Souare's cross from the left, volleying home to give Lille the lead.

LOSC were soon reduced to 10 men, though, when Beria was given his marching orders for a second yellow card earned from a nasty looking tackle on Gary Kagelmacher.

The dismissal prompted a couple of chances for Valenciennes, with Jean-Christophe Bahebeck's free-kick testing the Lille defence and Jean Christophe Bahebeck forcing a save from visiting goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Despite the home side's best efforts, Lille held firm to secure their 13th clean sheet in the league this season and move closer to the top of the table.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Nice 33 39
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20