France: Lille claim third with thrilling comeback

13 May 2006 22:14

RENNES, May 13 (SW) - Lille came from two goals behind late on to claim third place in Ligue 1 with a draw at Rennes while Lens and Marseille claimed the final two European berths on the last day of the season.

Rennes - Lille 2-2

Alexander Frei looked to be the hero for Rennes as he scored in the 36th minute and again in the 65th minute when he touched in a free kick, but Nicolas Fauvergue scored off of a scramble from a free kick to get within a goal.

Then, after Jean Makoun hit the post in his bid for an equalizer, Mathieu Bodmer struck the defining goal to make it 2-2 with just five minutes remaining.

Bordeaux - Marseille 1-1

Ten-man Marseille had a spot in the Champions League for a moment, but the Lille comeback and a late equalizer by Fernando saw them slip to the Intertoto Cup after a draw at Bordeaux.

Marseille had Abdoulaye Meite sent off in the 68th minute, but that didn't stop Toifilou Maoulida from grabbing a dramatic go-ahead goal that, at the time, had Marseille sitting in third place.

However, Fernando struck late for the league runners-up, and Marseille slipped all the way down to the fifth spot.

Lens - Nantes 3-1

The results across the nation all favored Lens as they achieved their highest finish possible in fourth place thanks to a win over Nantes, putting them in the UEFA Cup.

With Nancy and PSG already occupying two UEFA Cup berths, France only had one more to give out and Nantes' Emerse Faé put a dimmer on Lens hopes early with an eighth-minute opener.

Jussie answered back in the 19th minute for Lens before Aruna Dindane gave them the lead two minutes later. Adama Coulibaly added an insurance goal late on for the home side.

Lyon - Le Mans 8-1

Lyon were presented with their fifth straight championship trophy on Saturday and they celebrated in emphatic style with a world-class beating of Le Mans.

Before the carnage ensued, Le Mans had actually taken the lead in the 14th minute through Brazilian striker Grafite, but his countryman Fred struck back for Lyon with the equalizer four minutes later.

Another Brazilian, Cris, made it 2-1 eight minutes later before Sylvain Wiltord, Fred, and Juninho all scored to make it 5-1 at half-time.

Fred then completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute before Sidney Govou and Tiago added more misery on Le Man late on to leave Lyon sitting on eight goals for the match.

Auxerre - Strasbourg 4-0

Auxerre finished up out of Europe in seventh place but not before signing off with a thrashing of relegated Strasbourg at the Stade l'Abbé-Deschamps.

Danish international Thomas Kahlenberg gave Jacques Santini's side the lead after 19 minutes and Luigi Pieroni then scored two minutes before and after the interval to make it 3-0 before Lionel Mathis added a fourth late on.

Metz - Paris Saint-Germain 1-0

French Cup winners and UEFA Cup qualifiers PSG suffered a second successive defeat at the hands of relegated opposition, falling to Metz on Saturday.

Last week PSG lost at home to Ajaccio and this weekend were doomed when Hungarian Szabolcs Huszti grabbed a dramatic winner three minutes from time to send Metz to Ligue 2 in style.

Monaco - Nancy 2-2

League Cup winners Nancy came from a goal down to earn a last-day draw at one of the season's biggest disappointments, Monaco.

An own goal by Gaël Givet had given Nancy the lead after seven minutes, but quick strikes in the second half by Ernesto Chevantón and François Modesto put them ahead 2-1.

That didn't stop the fighting spirit of Nancy, though, and the visitors claimed an equalizer in the 77th minute through Brazilian André Luiz.

Toulouse - Sochaux 1-2

Sochaux also came from a goal down late, but they scored twice in the second half to claim victory away to Toulouse.

Laurent Batlles gave Toulouse the lead in the seventh minute, but Weldon's equalizer in the 79th minute set up a dramatic winning goal for Erding Mevlut with one minute left to play in the match.

Ajaccio - Saint-Etienne 3-1

Ajaccio finished up their campaign with back-to-back wins, although it had long since been known that they would be spending a season in the French second tier.

Djamel Abdoun gave Ajaccio the lead after 21 minutes, and two minutes later they got a second from Mathieu Scarpelli and another from Scarpell in the 26th minute.

It was truly all over for the visitors when Bafetibis Gomis received his second yellow card in the 43rd minute, but Julien Sablé did managed to get a consolation in the 64th minute.

Troyes - Nice 1-2

This match also had late drama as Nice got a late winner to claim three points in their final match of the season against Troyes.

Marama Vahirua gave Nice a 1-0 lead after just 18 minutes, but Tunisian international Ziad Jaziri equalized in the 66th minute only to see Ederson grab the winner four minutes from time.

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +21 41
2 19 +23 39
3 19 +19 38
4 19 +10 36
5 19 +5 32
6 19 -1 31
7 19 +2 30
8 19 -3 28
9 19 -5 28
10 19 +2 26
11 19 -5 22
12 19 -11 22
13 18 -2 21
14 19 -7 21
15 19 -5 20
16 19 -4 19
17 19 -10 19
18 18 -12 19
19 19 -7 18
20 19 -10 15