One's enough for Rennes, Auxerre shock PSG
Rennes leapfrogged Lille to go top of Ligue 1 today after Razak Boukari's 27th minute goa lifted the club to a 1-0 win over Montpellier. However, their stay at the summit may only last 24-hours as Lille can reclaim pole position with a win at champions Marseille tomorrow.
The win was the fifth-consecutive for Rennes and the goal, scored off a half-volley from 20-metres was Boukari's second in as many matches.
Goals were in desperately short supply today, with only three from six games. Caen scraped home in their tie against Saint-Etienne due to Youssef El Arabi's injury-time winner, while Sochaux saw off Toulouse by a similarly slim margin after Modibo Maiga's 64th minute contribution. The win moved Sochaux up from 12th to eighth.
Elsewhere it was a case of blanks being fired all round, with goalless stalemates between Lorient and Nancy, Nice and Lens, and Valenciennes and Monaco. Today's late kick-off saw Auxerre earn a shock 1-0 win over Paris Saint Germain off a stunning late goal from Kamel Chafni, which lifts them three points clear of the relegation zone.
PSG had the better chances but were frustrated by an excellent display from home keeper Olivier Sorin, while the post denied Peguy Luyindula early in the second half - and Auxerre took advantage through Chafni's glorious looping volley to seal the points.
Aside from Lille's visit to Marseille, tomorrow's programme offers up former multiple champions Lyon, lying fifth, up against bottom side Arles-Avignon and Brest against Bordeaux. If Lille, meanwhile, harbour any hopes of staying the course in the supremely congested Ligue 1 title race, tomorrow's trip to champions Marseille looks like a game they cannot afford to lose.