21:00: Well, I guess it’s time for me to say goodbye after another stunning day of Ligue 1 drama. We had goals, red cards and last minute equalisers, just what French football is all about! Until next time, Au Revoir!
20:55: Wow. Some stunning games today that went right to the death. Nantes could not quite come back against an impressive Toulouse, Reims equalised at the death to draw with Evian, Monaco eased to a win against 10 man Guingamp, Lorient denied a spirited Ajaccio and Nice won a classic 6 pointer against Sochaux.
20:52: FULL TIME: Nantes 1-2 Toulouse, Evian 1-1 Reims, Guingamp 0-2 Monaco, Ajaccio 1-2 Lorient, Nice 1-0 Sochaux.
20:50: Corner for Nantes… but Toulouse clear and it’s full time!
20:48: GOAL: Evian 1-1 Reims (Ayite). What a finish! Reims equalise in the last minutes of the game and break Evian’s hearts to grab a draw through Ayite
20:47: Frenetic end to the games at the moment! Sochaux in particular pushing very hard for an equaliser.
20:45: Reims are pushing for an equaliser against Evian, but the home side’s defence is holding strong at the moment. A series of free kicks and corners are cleared comfortably by Evian’s defenders.
20:42: Nice almost certain to avoid a 7th straight defeat now, they lead 1-0 with just about 5 minutes to go. It is now about whether they can hold on and get the 3 points, but Sochaux aren’t looking that dangerous at the moment.
20:40: GOAL: Nantes 1-2 Toulouse (Djilobodji). Nantes have hope! Djilobodji manages to pull a goal back from a set piece and Toulouse are in for a tense last 10 minutes as Nantes press for an equaliser!
20:37: We now have winners in all 5 of our games, which doesn’t happen very often! The losing sides will be hoping for a late goal or two to rescue some points.
20:33: GOAL: Evian 1-0 Reims (Mensah). What a goal this is! The ball drops to Mensah just inside the box and he absolutely demolishes a shot into the top corner of the Reims goal. It’s not going to end 0-0 after all!
20:31: GOAL: Ajaccio 1-2 Lorient (Aliadière). Lorient retake the lead against Ajaccio, and it is deserved on the balance of play. Aliadière finishes cleverly to put the away side in control.
20:30: GOAL: Nantes 0-2 Toulouse (Akpa-Akpro). Nice goal this from Toulouse. Akpa-Akpro is played through down the left hand side with a perfectly weighted pass, and he finishes smartly.
20:26: Kevin Berigaud has the best chance so far in Evian vs Reims. The ball drops to him 6 yards out with just Agassa to beat, but he fires straight at the goalkeeper on his return from 2 months out with injury.
20:23: Nice vs Sochaux is still in the balance at 1-0. Nice are definitely looking the stronger side, but Sochaux need just 1 goal to grab a point from this game. A second would be brilliant for Nice.
20:18: The Guingamp vs Monaco game is really opening up now! First, Mandanne has a decent chance to score but Monaco clear, but then Obaddi has an even better chance for Monaco on the break, only to be denied by a last ditch tackle! More goals in this one I reckon…
20:15: Guingamp have done admirably so far to only concede 1 goal after the red card, but you feel that if Monaco get a goal soon it could turn into a thrashing. If Guingamp get the next goal though, well you never know…
20:12: GOAL: Nantes 0-1 Toulouse (Didot). You can’t say it wasn’t coming… Toulouse have the lead their second half start deserved, and it is Didot who grabs the goal that puts his side in front.
20:09: Toulouse have started the second half incredibly well. They are parked in the Sochaux half and, whenever the home side get the ball, they press immediately and win it back. Impressive stuff.
20:06: Reims yet to have a game finish 0-0 that they have been involved in, but their match against Evian has that scoreline written all over it. Neither side look like scoring any time soon…
20:04: Nice have 2 early corner in the second half, but they are comfortably cleared by the Sochaux defence. Another goal for Nice would put them firmly in control.
20:00: KICK OFF: We are back underway everywhere!
19:54: So, at half time we have three games currently tied, while Monaco are firmly in control against a 10 man Guingamp and Nice hold a slender lead against Sochaux. An intriguing second half coming up – which teams can come out on top?
19:47: HALF TIME: Ajaccio 1-1 Lorient, Guingamp 0-2 Monaco, Nice 1-0 Sochaux, Evian 0-0 Reims, Nantes 0-0 Toulouse.
19:45: GOAL: Ajaccio 1-1 Lorient (Arrache). The home side a back level! The ball is played into the centre from the right, and Arrache reacts first to stick the ball into the back of the net and get his team back on level terms.
19:42: GOAL: Guingamp 0-2 Monaco (Kurzawa). Guingamp have shot themselves in the foot once more. Poor marking from a corner, and Kurzawa has a completely free header in the centre of the box, and he obliges with a finish.
19:38: GOAL: Ajaccio 0-1 Lorient (Aboubakar). What a goal! Lorient catch Ajaccio napping on the counter, and Aboubakar is released 1 on 1 against Ochoa. He then dinks the ball over Ochoa’s head, runs onto it and heads it into an empty net. Wonderful improvisation.
19:34: Nothing much to say from Evian vs Reims. Neither side has control of the game, and there are very few chances being created. The ball is being held around midfield, without any real ambition from either side.
19:30: High-flying Nantes, in their bright yellow kit, are being given a tough test against a resolute Toulouse side. The home side are pressing, but Toulouse appear to clear it at the last second every time, and are still level at 0-0.
19:27: GOAL: Nice 1-0 Sochaux (Bauthéac). Nice get the goal they so desperately needed! It is Bautheac who latches onto a rebound to score an acrobatic effort from 6 yards out. Just what the home side needed.
19:25: RED CARD: Pereira is off for a second yellow! Stupid stuff there, as he picks up his second yellow less than 5 minutes after his first. Guingamp in serious trouble, Monaco will be hard to stop.
19:22: Lorient are playing the better football against Ajaccio, but cannot find a way through yet. Their latest attack from a corner is comfortably cleared by Ajaccio.
19:18: Rodriguez is hacked down just outside the box for Monaco, who now have a free kick in a brilliant position… but Moutinho can only hit the wall.
19:16: Nice pressing now, as you would expect at home to the bottom club, but they haven’t created any great chances yet.
19:13: Nice are of course on a horrible losing run, and they really need a result today against Sochaux to get themselves back on track. A pretty even start in that game, but there is a clear lack of quality in both sides at the moment.
19:10: Still no goals in any of the other games. Cautious starts all round, with the teams trying to get on top early in the match and set a tone for the rest of the game.
19:05: GOAL: Guingamp 0-1 Monaco (Martial). Monaco have the perfect start as Martial nets inside 5 minutes! Horrible for Guingamp – they face a serious uphill task already to get back into this game.
19:00: KICK OFF: We are underway in all 5 games!
18:56: Round-up: Earlier today, PSG came out 3-1 winners against Rennes to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1. Monaco will be looking to respond against Guingamp and cut the lead back down to 2 points.
18:53: Sochaux team vs Nice: Cros – Corchia, Peybernes, Kanté, Faussurier – Carlao, Ilaimaharitra, Doubai, Zouma – Contout – Mayuka.
18:52: Nice team vs Sochaux: Ospina – Genevois, Pejcinovic, Bodmer, Kolodziejczak – Mendy, Digard – Puel, Brüls, Bauthéac – Cvitanich.
18:52: Toulouse team vs Nantes: Ahamada – Yago, Spajic, Abdennour – Aurier, Regattin, Aguilar, Didot, Akpa-Akpro – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite.
18:51: Nantes team vs Toulouse: Riou – Cissokho, Djilobodji, Cichero, Alhadhur – Gakpé, Deaux, Touré, Bessat – Bedoya – Djordjevic.
18:51: Monaco team vs Guingamp: Subasic – Raggi, Carvalho, Abidal, Kurzawa – Moutinho, Toulalan, Obbadi – Rodriguez – Rivière, Martial.
18:50: Guingamp team vs Monaco: Ndy Assembé – Martins Pereira, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Lemaître – Beauvue, Mathis, Sankharé, Giresse – Mandanne, Douniama.
18:49: Reims vs Evian: Agassa – Mandi, Weber, Fofana, Signorino – Devaux, Albaek, Turan – Fortes, Charbonnier, De Préville.
18:48: Evian vs Reims: Hansen – Dja Djedje, Mensah, Mongongu, Sabaly – Tié Bi, Koné, Sorlin – Wass, Ruben, Sougou.
18:48: Lorient team vs Ajaccio: Chaigneau – Gassama, Koné, Ecuele Manga, Guerreiro – Jouffre, Bourillon, Lautoa, Barthelmé – Diallo, Aboubakar.
18:47: Ajaccio team vs Lorient: Ochoa – Hengbart, Perozo, Tonucci, Bonnart – Arrache, Mostefa, Faty, André – Tallo, Eduardo.
18:45: Hello everyone and welcome to another day of Ligue 1 action! We have 5 games on from 7GMT: Ajaccio vs Lorient, Evian vs Reims, Guingamp vs Monaco, Nantes vs Toulouse and Nice vs Sochaux. Team news coming up shortly.