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Bordeaux draws 0-0 with Boulogne in French league

Bordeaux draws 0-0 with Boulogne in French league

Defending champion Bordeaux drew 0-0 at home to struggling Boulogne on Saturday, allowing Lille to close the gap at the top of the French league to eight points by beating Lens 1-0.
Even though it entered the game boasting the best home record in the league, Bordeaux was sluggish and Boulogne at times looked the more threatening side. Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh had a goal ruled offside in injury time, but Boulogne defender Habib Bellaid could have won the match late on only to be denied by goalkeeper Ulrich Rame.
Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard scored Lille's only goal in the first half, while South Korea winger Park Chu-young collected two goals to help Monaco beat local rival Nice 3-2 and move into fourth place.
Bordeaux leads with 48 points, Lille and Montpellier have 40 points and Monaco has 39.
Lille is ahead of Montpellier on goal difference. Montpellier hosts Marseille later Saturday.
Nene added Monaco's other goal to take his league-leading tally to 13 as he bids to get into Brazil's World Cup squad.
In a drab first half at Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux and Boulogne struggled to create more than half-chances.
Bordeaux playmaker Yoann Gourcuff timed his run well to meet Jaroslav Plasil's cross after 20 minutes but shot just wide, and Boulogne winger Alexandre Cuvillier's shot from the edge of the penalty area went just wide moments before the interval.
Rame did well to save Cuvillier's shot early in the second half, and Plasil shot just over the crossbar.
In Saturday's other games, it was: Le Mans 1, Toulouse 3; Nancy 1, Lorient 0; and Rennes 4, Grenoble 0.
Hazard put Lille ahead in the 22nd minute from Gervinho's cross.
Park grabbed Monaco's first goal in the 18th minute when he headed in Nene's corner for his fourth goal in two games. Chaouki Ben Saada pulled a goal back for Nice early in the second half, but Nene set up Park's eighth league goal of the season to make it 2-1 in the 60th and then scored himself shortly after with a superb finish.
Midfielder Didier Digard scored his first goal since joining from Middlesbrough to make it 3-2 at Stade Louis II.
Youssouf Hadji got Nancy's only goal against Lorient.
A goal each from Romain Danze and Sylvain Marveaux put Rennes 2-0 ahead at halftime.
Marveaux got another goal early in the second half and Ismael Bangoura added a fourth goal after 56 minutes. Grenoble looks certain to be relegated after winning only one league game and taking seven points so far.
Paulo Machado gave Toulouse the lead in the 51st after a good run and cross from Norway's Daniel Braaten, and France forward Andre-Pierre Gignac scored for the first time in seven games to make it 2-0 in the 62nd.
Midfielder Idir Ouali pulled a goal back for Le Mans, but Colin Kazim-Richards _ recently signed from Turkish side Fenerbahce _ make it 3-1 late on.
On Sunday, it is Lyon vs. Paris Saint-Germain; Auxerre vs. Saint-Etienne, and Valenciennes vs. Sochaux.


Updated : 2021-07-28 19:40 GMT+08:00