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French Ligue 1

LOSC Lille Metropole (ATT 39,328) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 15:30 Ref: P Kalt

Lille Lille vs Nantes Nantes

Lille 0


Nantes 0

Lille held at home

Last Updated: 15/03/14 6:09pm

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Rene Girard's side did not help themselves in the chase for Europe

Rene Girard's side did not help themselves in the chase for Europe

Lille endured a frustrating afternoon at Stade Metropole as they were held to a goalless draw by out-of-form Nantes.

Rene Girard's men are challenging for a place in the Champions League next season, but failed to turn periods of pressure into goals, with visiting goalkeeper Remy Riou also playing his part late on.

On the positive side, Lille are unbeaten in six matches but Nantes are now nine matches without a win in Ligue 1 and still looking nervously below them in the standings.

Despite their poor run of form, Nantes carved out the first chance after 12 minutes when Lucas Deaux found Serge Gakpe with a neat pass which the midfielder fired goalwards, only to see his effort deflected wide by defender Florent Balmont.

Lille took time to settle but came close after 35 minutes with a header from Salomon Kalou which he headed narrowly wide.

Kalou then teed up team-mate Florent Balmont as the interval approached, but his well-struck effort was turned away by defender Abdoulaye Toure.

The visitors were given a helping hand in their own attempts to score on 52 minutes, when Nolan Roux's efforts to clear a Banel Nicolita corner came close to backfiring as his header came back off the crossbar.

And Nantes threatened again within minutes, Olivier Veigneau providing a cross for Itay Shechter, whose shot from close range was swept off the line by Franck Beria.

Having weathered the unexpected storm, Lille hit back with a free-kick from Balmont which needed a good save from Riou to keep out of the top corner.

And Riou's presence was felt even more in injury time as he palmed away a close-range volley from Beria which seemed certain to steal the win for Lille.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 68
2 Lyon 33 65
3 Monaco 33 59
4 Marseille 34 57
5 St Etienne 33 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 33 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 33 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 33 26