PSG deepen Bordeaux misery
Bordeaux's quest to retain their French league title was seriously compromised when they sank to a 3-1 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Bordeaux, eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by Lyon on Wednesday, started the game without injured goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso and saw his replacement Ulrich Rame sent off in the 31st minute for handling the ball outside the box.
Abdoulaye Keita, 19, came on for Bordeaux to make his Ligue 1 debut between the posts and was promptly beaten by Sylvain Armand's deflected free-kick. Keita kept his side in the game with stunning reflex saves to deny Ludovic Giuly, Guillaume Hoarau and Mevlut Erding, while Bordeaux left-back Benoit Tremoulinas struck the post at the other end.
PSG doubled their lead in the 75th minute when Erding fired home after Keita hit a clearance straight to Hoarau, with Ludovic Sane replying for Bordeaux before Hoarau sealed the points with an 86th-minute header.
"[The title] will be tricky, but we have to continue, we have games in hand and nothing has been decided mathematically," said Rame. "We shouldn't necessarily talk about the title but finishing in the top three [and qualifying for the Champions League], so we'll see what happens in the last matches."
Defeat, Bordeaux's eighth of the season, means they remain in fifth place, three points behind leaders Marseille, with both sides having played 30 matches. PSG climb three places to 10th.
Montpellier move up, Grenoble go down
Earlier, Montpellier moved up to second after being held to a 2-2 draw at second-bottom Le Mans, while Grenoble's wretched season reached its inevitable conclusion when their relegation to the second tier was confirmed.
Roland Lamah was the star for Le Mans, putting them ahead after just 16 seconds -- the quickest goal of the Ligue 1 season -- and equalising in the 70th minute after Montpellier had turned the match around through Karim Ait Fana and a disputed Souleymane Camara penalty.
Montpellier skipper Cyril Jeunechamp was sent off before the break after an altercation with Le Mans coach Arnaud Cormier, sparking a set-to that resulted in Cormier's Montpellier counterpart Rene Girard being sent to the stands. "We knew that the start of the match would be important and that we'd have to be vigilant but we started in the worst way possible," said Girard. "But I thought that at 2-1 the match was over, so it's a shame."
Montpellier move into second place, a point shy of Marseille, who have two games in hand on them and host Nice on Sunday.
Grenoble's fate was sealed when they lost 4-0 at Toulouse and fourth-bottom Saint-Etienne won 2-0 at Sochaux to move 11 points clear of the relegation zone and, crucially, an insurmountable 20 points clear of Grenoble, who have won just three games all season.
"We're officially in Ligue 2 tonight but we'd known that for a while already," said Grenoble coach Mehmed Bazdarevic. "This evening we were far from having the level of a Ligue 1 team. It's been a difficult season. We've never had the peacefulness you need to work well."
Boulogne's hopes of avoiding the drop received a heavy blow as a Toifilou Maoulida hat-trick consigned the third-bottom north coast outfit to a 3-0 defeat at Lens.
The Brittany derby between seventh-placed Rennes and eighth-placed Lorient finished 1-1 at the home of the latter, allowing Monaco to move to within a point of both clubs by coming from behind to win 2-1 at home to Valenciennes.