Le Championnat leaders RC Lens were held to a disappointing goalless draw at home to ES Troyes Aube Champagne today, squandering the chance to move a step closer to the title.
The hosts dominated and went close to opening the scoring through striker Bruno Rodriguez, whose cross-shot from inside the box hit the far post in the fourth minute. Lens were also unlucky when midfield player Daniel Moreira volleyed a Stephane Pedron cross against the woodwork on the hour.
Troyes, who finished with ten men after midfield player Karl Tourenne was sent off for a second bookable offence with eleven minutes left, had their best chance when striker Nicolas Gousse side-stepped the last defender before shooting wide in the 77th minute.
No wins in three
Lens, who have failed to win their last three games, have 61 points from 31 matches, five clear of second-placed Olympique Lyonnais who travel to AJ Auxerre on Sunday.
Paris Saint-Germain FC, chasing their first title since 1994, failed to take advantage of Lens's result as they were held to a 1-1 draw with FC Nantes Atlantique at the Parc des Princes. The visitors went in front through midfield player Olivier Quint seven minutes before half-time but the home side equalised with a 25-metre free-kick by Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha after the break.
While the title race is still far from being settled, the situation at the bottom of the table also remains to be decided. Bottom side FC Lorient were held at home by struggling CS Sedan-Ardennes and saw their hopes of avoiding relegation fading away. Striker Tchiressoua Guel scored the opener for Lorient after running through unchallenged on 71 minutes, but Sedan equalised through Pius N'Diefi in added time.
FC Metz drew 2-2 at AS Monaco FC in a tense match as both sides finished with ten men, while En Avant Guingamp slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Montpellier Hérault SC. Lorient stay last in the table on 29 points behind En Avant Guingamp and Metz on goal difference before a five-point gap to 15th-placed CS Sedan-Ardennes.
Two for Sorlin
Stade Rennais FC, who are one place and one point above Sedan, recorded a convincing 4-0 win over Lille OSC as midfield player Olivier Sorlin scored twice to lift the Brittany side away from the bottom three.
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