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Lille extend lead despite dropping points

Reuters, PARIS

Toulouse’s Etienne Capoue, second right, vies for the ball with Monaco’s Mahamadou Diarra, second left, during their Ligue 1 match at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France, on Sunday.

Photo: AFP

Lille extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 despite conceding a late goal to draw 1-1 at Auxerre on Sunday.

Lille lead the standings on 42 points, five ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais, who beat PSG 1-0 on Saturday.

Olympique Lyonnais, who were third coming into the weekend, slipped to sixth after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Girondins de Bordeaux.

Rudi Garcia’s Lille dominated the match after opening the scoring in the ninth minute through Ligue 1 top scorer Moussa Sow, but failed to convert further chances and allowed Auxerre midfielder Dariusz Dudka to equalize in the 86th minute following a free-kick.

“We lost two points in a match that was far from easy,” Lille goalkeeper Michael Landreau told French television channel Foot Plus.

“We had a lot of possession, but we know that is not what makes you win. It is part of the ups and downs of a season,” Landreu added.

Lyon were booed off the pitch by their fans at the Stade de Gerland after failing to break down a resolute Bordeaux defense, despite the best efforts of midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

The France international, criticized for some disappointing performances since he joined Lyon in the summer, created several chances against his former club, but his teammates failed to capitalize.

Also on Sunday, Moussa Sissoko piled on the misery for struggling Monaco with two goals in Toulouse’s 2-0 home victory to lift his side to seventh.

Monaco remain in the relegation zone and are now three points short of 17th place.

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