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Pedretti fires Auxerre to summit

Published: Saturday 20 March 2010, 22.00CET
AJ Auxerre have gone top of Ligue 1 for the first time this term following a 2-1 defeat of lowly Le Mans UC 72, Benoît Pedretti scoring the winner in the second minute of stoppage time.
Pedretti fires Auxerre to summit
Ireneusz Jeleń is congratulated after his first-half goal ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 20 March 2010, 22.00CET

Pedretti fires Auxerre to summit

AJ Auxerre have gone top of Ligue 1 for the first time this term following a 2-1 defeat of lowly Le Mans UC 72, Benoît Pedretti scoring the winner in the second minute of stoppage time.

The changing of the guard at the top of Ligue 1 shows no sign of letting up after AJ Auxerre opened up a two-point lead by beating Le Mans UC 72 2-1 thanks to Benoît Pedretti's added-time winner.

With FC Girondins de Bordeaux – leaders going into the weekend – and Montpellier Hérault SC in action on Sunday at home to LOSC Lille Métropole and Valenciennes FC respectively, Jean Fernandez's team almost failed to take advantage against their second-bottom opponents.

Having been given the lead midway through the first half via Ireneusz Jeleń's tenth league goal of the season, they were pegged back in the first minute of added time through Thorstein Helstad, only for Pedretti to immediately restore the lead.

Bordeaux and Montpellier, both on 53 points and with games in hand, must win to leapfrog the Burgundy outfit. Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais, four and five points off the pace respectively, meet at Stade Vélodrome in Sunday's other match.

Stade Rennais FC, meanwhile, tightened their grip on seventh courtesy of a 4-1 defeat of Toulouse FC, Asamoah Gyan scoring twice, while AS Monaco FC drew 0-0 at strugglers Grenoble Foot 38, who had Jodi Viviani (79) sent off. Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain FC's inconsistent form continued with a 1-0 loss at OGC Nice, Loïc Rémy scoring the winner late on.

Third-bottom US Boulogne gave themselves hope of survival by defeating FC Lorient 2-0, although AS Saint-Etienne v AS Nancy-Lorraine and RC Lens v FC Sochaux-Montbéliard both finished 0-0.

Last updated: 21/03/10 12.02CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2009/10

Matches
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Last updated: 03/07/2011 04:16 CET

19/03/2011

LyonLyon1-1RennesRennes

Gomis 36

Théophile-Catherine 87

Venue: Lyon

19/03/2011

MontpellierMontpellier1-4LensLens

Bocaly 57

Akalé 19, Marveaux 30 (o.g.), Roudet 33, Jemaa 62

Venue: Montpellier

19/03/2011

AuxerreAuxerre2-0SochauxSochaux

Jeleń 17, 63

Venue: Auxerre

19/03/2011

ValenciennesValenciennes2-2BordeauxBordeaux

Danic 36, 59

Jussiê 81, Ciani 84

Venue: Valenciennes

19/03/2011

ToulouseToulouse1-1NiceNice

Santander 27

Cetto 90+4 (o.g.)

Venue: Toulouse

19/03/2011

LorientLorient0-0St-EtienneSt-Etienne

Venue: Lorient

19/03/2011

BrestBrest1-2LilleLille

Lesoimier 18

Gervinho 39, Sow 53

Venue: Brest

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