Jean Tigana quit as Girondins de Bordeaux coach on Saturday after fans abused his teenage daughter during a damaging 4-0 home loss to Sochaux, while Lille opened up a four-point lead at the league summit.
Tigana replaced Laurent Blanc last summer, but has been unable to reinvigorate the 2009 champions, who are 12 points short of the Champions League places. Brown Ideye broke the deadlock in the ninth minute, with Damien Perquis capitalizing on slack marking to head home a second two minutes later.
With Lorient held 0-0 at home by Toulouse, the emphatic win lifted Sochaux into sixth place, which is likely to yield a Europa League berth because of Lille and Paris Saint-Germain’s involvement in the French Cup final.
In Saturday’s late game, a lackluster Lille edged third-bottom Nancy 1-0 to go four points clear of second-placed Olympique de Marseille at the top of the table.
Lille will now cross their fingers for a favor from Olympique Lyonnais, who were to host defending champions Marseille yesterday in one of the traditional highlights of the French domestic calendar.
Earlier, PSG inched past Lyon into third place in the race for Champions League soccer after a 1-1 draw at Monaco.
PSG could have gone three points clear of Lyon, who occupied the third and final Champions League qualifying spot going into the weekend, but they had to settle for a point against an obdurate Monaco side.
Elsewhere on Saturday, a first-half Alejandro Alonso penalty saw Saint-Etienne to a 1-0 win at relegated Arles-Avignon that took les Verts to within a point of sixth spot.
Auxerre gave their bid to avoid the drop another fillip with a 1-0 defeat of Montpellier that lifted them to 12th.
Second-bottom Lens drew 1-1 at Stade Malherbe Caen, but demotion to Ligue 2 remains all but inevitable as they are now eight points from safety with only four games to play.
In other action, Stade Brestois 29 and Nice played to a scoreless draw.
“Road Runner” Alphonso Davies lived up to his nickname with another lightning sprint on Saturday as Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. Having defeated second-placed Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away in midweek, Bayern enjoyed a 5-0 romp over Fortuna Duesseldorf. Defender Mathias Joergensen scored an early own-goal before Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski (2) and Davies scored for Bayern. With five games remaining, the defending champions, who have won their past eight league games, are comfortably on course for an eighth straight league title. Davies scored the best goal of the game when the fleet-footed defender pressed Duesseldorf into making a mistake, barged
The losing captain thanked the winning team’s players for their personal sacrifices leading into the match and a charter flight pilot received a big round of applause when his plane beat incoming fog to touch down after midnight following another game as feel-good stories off the field matched those on it as the National Rugby League (NRL) restarted its season in Australia over the weekend. The New Zealand Warriors’ 18-0 win over St George Illawarra was the Auckland-based team’s first of the season after three rounds and it could not have come at a better time. Due to international travel restrictions
Taiwan Steel celebrated a big win over Tatung in the Taiwan Premier League yesterday, while undefeated Taichung Futuro remained at the top of the table, although their lead is only one point. Four of the eight teams were in action, completing matches postponed the previous weekend due to rain, with Taipower and Hang Yuan playing out a scoreless draw in Kaohsiung. Taiwan Steel are sorting out their early-season problems as they chase the leaders and it showed against defending champions Tatung at the Jhubei Stadium in Hsinchu County. Haitian striker Benchy Astama netted a brace and midfielder Kuo Po-wei’s outstanding solo effort sent
DISTANCING RULES: The government said social distancing should be maintained during disputes and celebrations, but conceded it would not be possible during play The Premier League on Saturday was given British government approval to press ahead with its June 17 restart, although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing. Further details of the league’s plans for dealing with COVID-19 cases have been disclosed with clubs likely to have to play even if they only have 15 fit squad members. In a further boost to the league’s restart plans, there were no positives in the fourth round of twice-weekly testing. Tests were conducted on 1,130 players and club personnel on Thursday and Friday as contact training resumed. The season