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French Ligue 1

Stadium Municipal 5th April 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: F Fautrel

Toulouse Toulouse vs Lille Lille

Toulouse 1

S Aurier (90+3)

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Lille 2

N Roux (26)
S Kalou (pen 42)
F Beria (S/O 68)
P Souare (S/O 69)

Nine-man Lille claim victory

Last Updated: 05/04/14 9:46pm

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Salomon Kalou scores from the penalty spot

Salomon Kalou scores from the penalty spot

Lille finished with nine players on the pitch but still defeated Toulouse 2-1 to cement third place in Ligue 1.

Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou inspired the victory by helping set up the opener for Nolan Roux before firing the second from the penalty spot.

In the space of a minute full-backs Franck Beria and Pape Souare were sent off, but Toulouse could not make their numerical supremacy count.

It was only in the fourth minute of stoppage time that they managed to breach Lille's defence through Serge Aurier.

Lille opened the scoring the 27th minute when Marvin Martin, Roux and Kalou expertly combined.

Martin supplied the scoring pass to Roux who was able to beat goalkeeper Zacharie Boucher.

The lead was doubled shortly before half-time, Kalou converting a penalty awarded for a foul by Etienne Didot on Franck Beria.

Boucher produced a great save to deny Jonathan Delaplace before Toulouse went close through Clement Chantome.

Then Lillee were dealt the hammer blow of having Beria and Souare sent off in quick succession, both for collecting second yellow cards for poor tackles with more than 20 minutes to go.

But the result was already beyond doubt when Aurier finished the splendid work of Chantome to pull one back as the final whistle was about to be blown.

It was an important result for Lille, who have strengthened their grip on the final Champions League place by moving six points clear of St Etienne in fourth.

Toulouse remain in mid-table and are unlikely to challenge for a spot in Europe.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23