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

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Lille Lille

Valenc'nes 0

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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 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26