Ligue 1 round-up
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon maintained their lead of Ligue 1 courtesy of a 1-0 win at Toulouse.
Lyon show no sign of relinquishing their lead of Ligue 1, a 1-0 win at Toulouse on Saturday evening ensuring the champions maintain their nine-point advantage over the chasing pack.
Sidney Govou was l'OL's matchwinner, the striker scoring only his second goal of the season in the ninth minute at Stadium Municipal.
Toulouse failed to recover from that early setback and the result leaves the club in 15th.
While Lyon continue to trailblaze at the top of Ligue 1, the home side's aspirations are considerably less lofty and they will remain conscious of being drawn into a relegation battle.
Lilian Laslandes's goal was enough to earn second-place Bordeaux a 1-0 win at Nice.
A tight match at Municipal du Ray was ultimately settled when the French striker struck three minutes after the interval.
Ligue 1's bottom club Metz finally claimed their first win at the 14th time of asking with a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Ajaccio.
Striker Babacar Gueye also broke his seasonal duck with a 59th minute strike.
A tense finale ensued but supporters at Stade Saint Symphorien could finally celebrate a long overdue win when Dino Djiba added a second goal three minutes from time.
The home side's Carl Medjani was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the closing moments but that will not offset a highly satisfactory night for Metz.
Strasbourg have replaced Metz at the foot, for 24 hours at least with the Alsatians travelling to Manchester United's UEFA Champions League conquerors Lille on Sunday.
Third met fifth at Stade Geoffrey Guichard as St Etienne squared off against Auxerre in what was a predictably tight encounter.
Vincent Hognon had given the home side the lead shortly after the half hour but a late equaliser from Jean-Pascal Mignot claimed a 1-1 draw for Auxerre.
Le Mans claimed an impressive 3-0 win over Marseille, a result which catapulted the home side into the top six.
Striker Davide Chiumiento handed the hosts a fifth-minute lead and that is the way it stayed until the 69th minute when James Fanchone doubled his side's lead.
Ismael Bangoura, a first half substitute for the injured Chiguy Lucau, then put the seal on the win six minutes later.
Nantes enjoyed an equally comfortable evening dispatching Nancy by the same score at La Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau.
Two goals in six second half minutes from Frank Signorino and Habib Bamogo compounded Frederic Da Rocha's 27th-minute opener.