Lille draws 0-0 with Lorient


By Jerome Pugmire PARIS, AP

Lille drew 0-0 at Lorient on Saturday and moved into third place in the French league. Lille, which lost to Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday, looked tired and failed to create clear scoring opportunities.

Earlier, substitute Jan Koller scored Monaco’s equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Toulouse.

Jeremy Mathieu gave Toulouse the lead in the 26th minute with a free kick before Czech Republic striker Koller headed in a cross from Diego Perez in the 76th for his sixth goal of the season.

Both teams were unhappy with refereeing decisions, with Monaco claiming a penalty for a foul on midfielder Camel Meriem and Toulouse having a late goal by Nicolas Dieuze ruled out.

Toulouse, Lille and Bordeaux all have 43 points from 28 games, but Lille leads on goals difference. Lyon tops the standings with 61 points, followed by Lens on 48, with both teams playing Sunday.

In Saturday’s other games, it was: Nice 1, Rennes 1; Nantes 2, Nancy 1; Bordeaux 2, Sochaux 0; Troyes 1, Valenciennes 3; and Le Mans 2, Saint Etienne 1.

Bordeaux moved up to fifth place with Johan Micoud scoring with a free kick and Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi adding a second goal.

Le Mans moved into ninth spot with Mathieu Coutadeur and Ismael Bangoura scoring. Saint-Etienne pulled a goal back through Batefimbi Gomis.

Valenciennes improved to 15th and pulled clear of the relegation zone thanks to goals from Yacine Bezzaz, Sebastien Roudet and Laurent Dufresne. David Gigliotti replied for Troyes deep into injury time.

At Nice, Jimmy Briand gave the visitors the lead in the 16th and Marama Vahiura sealed a point for the home side in the 46th.

Nantes secured its second straight win with goals from Mamadou Diallo and Emerse Fae, while Jonathan Brison scored for Nancy. Nantes remains in 18th place with 29 points.

On Sunday, leader Lyon hosts Marseille, Lens faces Sedan and Auxerre plays at Paris Saint-Germain.