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Bordeaux back out in front

Published: Sunday 14 February 2010, 23.00CET
FC Girondins de Bordeaux moved three points clear of their closest challengers in Ligue 1 with a 3-1 success against AS Saint-Etienne, and AJ Auxerre boosted their European ambitions with a win.
Bordeaux back out in front
Marouane Chamakh opened the scoring for Bordeaux ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 14 February 2010, 23.00CET

Bordeaux back out in front

FC Girondins de Bordeaux moved three points clear of their closest challengers in Ligue 1 with a 3-1 success against AS Saint-Etienne, and AJ Auxerre boosted their European ambitions with a win.

FC Girondins de Bordeaux returned to winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over AS Saint-Etienne that moved the titleholders three points clear in Ligue 1, a day after Montpellier Hérault SC had joined them at the summit.

Dumped out of the French Cup in midweek following a loss to Stade Rennais FC last Saturday, Laurent Blanc's men were determined to halt their slump and gave themselves an early boost when Marouane Chamakh (13) headed in a Wendel free-kick for his eighth league goal of the campaign. The provider then turned scorer 16 minutes later as Wendel doubled Bordeaux's advantage direct from another free-kick, but St-Etienne gave themselves hope when Bakary Sako responded with a thunderous set piece of his own on the cusp of half-time.

They perhaps should have equalised too, Gonzalo Bergessio firing a penalty wide after Chamakh was penalised for handball, however the hosts survived and quickly gave themselves breathing space. Wendel released Yoan Gouffran down the right and freed himself to turn in the midfielder's cross with 12 minutes to go, leaving the 16th-placed visitors six points above the relegation zone.

AJ Auxerre improved their chances of claiming a place in European competition next season with a 1-0 win over rivals Rennes that returned the victors back to sixth position. Ireneusz Jeleń proved decisive for the Burgundy outfit, the Polish international rifling in from distance three minutes before the interval after visiting goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez had denied the onrushing Dennis Oliech. A point and a spot below Rennes, mid-table FC Lorient were held to a 1-1 draw by Toulouse FC, Daniel Braaten (78) cancelling out Kevin Gameiro's (56) effort for the Brittany club.

Last updated: 15/02/10 10.46CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2011 03:15 CET

13/02/2011

LilleLille2-0ToulouseToulouse

Gervinho 38, De Melo 90+4

Venue: Lille

13/02/2011

RennesRennes2-0NiceNice

Montano 52, Boukari 58 (p)

Venue: Rennes

13/02/2011

ValenciennesValenciennes3-0BrestBrest

Ducourtioux 14, Biševac 22, Pujol 69

Venue: Valenciennes

12/02/2011

St-EtienneSt-Etienne1-4LyonLyon

Bocanegra 13

Gomis 28, Sall 40 (o.g.), Bastos 69, Briand 90+1

Venue: St Etienne

12/02/2011

SochauxSochaux1-2MarseilleMarseille

Brown 43

Gignac 45+1, 70

Venue: Montbeliard

12/02/2011

MonacoMonaco3-1LorientLorient

Lolo 3, Mangani 56, Park Chu-Young 90+4 (p)

Gameiro 22

Venue: Monaco

12/02/2011

NancyNancy3-1AuxerreAuxerre

Feret 9, Cuvillier 14, Hadji 47

Jeleń 55

Venue: Nancy

12/02/2011

PSGPSG0-0LensLens

Venue: Paris

12/02/2011

ArlesArles0-0MontpellierMontpellier

Venue: Arles

12/02/2011

BordeauxBordeaux1-2CaenCaen

Modeste 49

Traoré 10, Hamouma 90

Venue: Bordeaux

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