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LFP: Grenoble escape French duck with first season victory

AFP , PARIS

Olympique Lyon’s Kim Kallstrom controls the ball during their Ligue 1 match against Lille in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, on Sunday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Rock bottom Grenoble secured their first win of the season at the 15th attempt with a long-awaited victory against Toulouse in the French league on Saturday.

Grenoble’s record-breaking 14-game winless start to the season has already guaranteed their place in Ligue 1 history, but they finally broke their duck with a deserved 1-0 win over Alain Casanova’s Europa League participants.

The hosts largely bossed proceedings at the Stade des Alpes but had to wait until the 81st minute to break the deadlock, with Nicolas Dieuze slamming home after Olivier Blondel parried Danijel Ljuboja’s free-kick.

Stuttering Auxerre succumbed to a second straight defeat when they lost 3-1 at home to Nancy. Victory would have taken Jean Fernandez’s side up to second place, two points behind league leaders Bordeaux, but they fell to second-half strikes from Abdeslam Ouaddou and Youssouf Hadji after Andre Luiz’s 26th-minute opener for the visitors had been canceled out by Valter Birsa.

Auxerre soared to the top of the table on the back of a seven-game winning run that ended with a 1-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in their last outing, but Sunday’s loss leaves them in fifth place, five points off the pace.

Elsewhere, Boulogne came from a goal behind to defeat local rivals and fellow top-flight new boys Lens 2-1 thanks to a goal shortly before half-time from Damien Perrinelle.

In Sunday’s other game, Bologna beat Udinese 2-1.

French Ligue 1

Team
P
GD
PTS
1
Bordeaux
15
14
31
2
Montpellier
14
6
27
3
Valenciennes
15
6
26
4
Lyon
15
5
26
5
Auxerre
15
2
26
6
Lorient
15
10
25
7
Marseille
14
9
25
8
Rennes
15
7
23
9
Paris Saint-Germain
15
7
22
10
Lille
15
3
22
11
Monaco
14
1
22
12
Toulouse
15
3
21
13
Nancy
15
-2
20
14
Nice
15
-8
20
15
Sochaux
14
-5
19
16
Lens
15
-8
18
17
Saint-Etienne
15
-7
15
18
Boulogne
15
-16
12
19
Le Mans
15
-10
9
20
Grenoble
15
-17
6

 

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