More misery for Auxerre
Franck Tabanou scored the only goal as Toulouse won 1-0 at home to Auxerre.
Last Updated: 25/03/12 8:18pm
Franck Tabanou scored the only goal as Toulouse won 1-0 at home to Auxerre which left Ligue 1's bottom club still searching for their first win of 2012.
Toulouse dominated the opening exchanges but efforts from Tabanou, Moussa Sissoko and Emmanuel Riviere failed to test Olivier Sorin in the Auxerre goal.
With the game half-an-hour old, Toulouse continued to dominate but when Pavel Ninkov crossed from the right, Riviere's header was straight into the arms of Sorin.
Toulouse were denied a penalty when Sissoko collided with Sorin but the referee was unmoved.
The home side deservedly took the lead seven minutes before half-time as Adrien Regattin found Tabanou with a ball from the right.
Tabanou took his time to control the ball before powering a left-footed shot beyond Sorin and into the top corner of the goal.
Auxerre had their first effort on goal three minutes into the second half but Alain Traore's shot from distance was well wide of the goal.
The visitors came more into the game as Toulouse appeared content to use the pace of Tabanou and Regattin on the counter-attack.
Auxerre's Roy Contout then worked some space in the Toulouse area but his shot was well wide of the goal.
With five minutes to go, Auxerre pressed once more but when Sebastian Grichting crossed a dangerous ball into the area, nobody was able to get the final touch for the visitors.
A minute later, Toulouse's Daniel Braathen picked out Sissoko on the right and his cross was almost put into his own net by defender Willy Boly.
In stoppage time, Toulouse went close to a second when Braathen fed Sissoko but he fired the ball over from inside the area.