Lille and Paris Saint-Germain were the big winners on Saturday night as a Chelsea striker from the past and potentially a Chelsea striker in the future got on the score sheet as both sides moved closer to their season goals.
The early game was in Paris as the league leaders, Paris Saint-Germain, took another step closer to the Ligue 1 title with a 3-0 win over Stade de Reims. It was a much changed side from the eleven that beat Chelsea 3-1, but Laurent Blanc’s men did the business, much to the help of Reims full-back, Aissa Mandi.
Edinson Cavani opened the scoring just before half-time, pouncing on a loose ball in the box and finishing with the instinct of a striker looking to make a point in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It was the Uruguayan’s first goal in 489 minutes, not good news for Jose Mourinho.
It was then left to Algerian defender Mandi to wrap up the game for the home side; he twice knocked the ball into his own net. The first was unfortunate, not much he could have done to prevent it, and the second was a superb finish, one that Cavani himself would have been proud of.
The win leaves PSG 16 points clear at the top of the table, with Monaco taking on Nantes on Sunday night. With just six games left, they could wrap up the title next week if Monaco falters again.
Later in the evening, Lille took a grip of the third place battle by beating Toulouse 2-1 in the Stade de Municipal. They played some excellent football in the first half, goals from Nolan Roux and a Salomon Kalou penalty, gave them the lead.
The second half was much tougher as both their full-backs receiving second yellow cards, meaning Lille would have to finish the game with just nine men.
Toulouse would lay siege to the Lille goal, but René Girard’s side are very well organised, they conceded late on through Arsenal target Serge Aurier, but it wasn’t enough and Lille held on for all three points. It left them six points ahead of Saint-Etienne with Sunday’s games still to play.
Elsewhere on Saturday night there was a rare win for Montpellier, 2-1 away at Guingamp, the other games all finished level, both Rennes and Bastia both coming back from being two goals down to draw with both Bordeaux and Sochaux respectively. Lorient drew 1-1 with Evian to round out the Saturday evening games.
On Friday night Marseille dispatched bottom of the table Evian 3-1, an Andre Ayew hat-trick sealing a much needed win.
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