20:53: Some very absorbing clashes tonight. Ravanelli’s Ajaccio lose yet again and he is likely to face a tough next week with many murmurings for his resignation in Corsica. Lorient win for the first time in a long time as Sochaux were unable to continue their momentum for their second half vs Monaco last week but there were some positives for Renard to take tonight.
In the game that nobody wanted to lose, Evian edged out Ariel Jacobs’ Valenciennes thanks to a defensive slip up from Angoua allowed Sougou to finish precisely and put a smile on the face of Pascal Dupraz.
OGC Nice continue to blow hot and cold by failing to win the matches that they should really be winning. SC Bastia’s Sebastien Squillaci was the standout performer for the home side and Dario Cvitanich’s absence of interest today ultimately allowed the Corsicans to have all 3 points.
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Full times: Bastia 1-0 OGC Nice, Toulouse 0-5 Rennes, Valenciennes 0-1 Evian, Lorient 2-1 Sochaux, Guingamp 2-1 Ajaccio.
20:47: GOAL: Lorient 2-1 Sochaux. A late goal from Cedric Bakambu, but probably no time left to get another.
20:45: GOAL: Guingamp 2-1 Ajaccio. Diallo scores after a great run and ball in from Mustapha Yatabare!
20:43: RED CARD: The tension in Corsica was rising and it has culminated in another red card but this time it is the visitors who lose a player. Traore lashes out and earns himself another yellow. 2 make a red.
20.41: GOAL: Guingamp 1-1 Ajaccio. Claudio Beauvueeee. What a fantastic strike. A bicycle kick after the corner comes in. Just what EAG deserve too.
20:40: GOAL: Toulouse 0-5 Rennes. Nelson Oliveira has taken advantage of another defensive mistake from Toulouse. This time Ben Basat is at fault; dispossessed and Oliveira is sharp to finish.
20:38: GOAL: Valenciennes 0-1 Evian. Sougou takes advantage of a Valenciennes dodgy back header and he puts it away.
20:36: Handbags at the Furiani as Raspentino and Digard are both yellow carded for starting a scuffle. Still no goal for Les Aiglons who have 10 minutes to breach the defence of 10 men Bastia.
20:35: Ajaccio’s last Ligue 1 win away from home was in November 2012. Can they hold on at Guingamp? 10 minutes to go.
20:31: STAT: Sebastien Squillaci’s goal in the 1st half vs OGC Nice tonight was his first goal in Ligue 1 for 7 years.
20:26: Aliadiere is one on one with Pouplin, but he drags the ball too much to his right and when he crosses the ball in for Jouffre, the Frenchman’s shot is blocked.
20:22: OGC Nice have been all over Bastia since the Corsicans went down to 10 men, but have been unable to capitalise as of yet. I feel it is coming though.
20:21: Valenciennes miss a good chance to take the lead through Opa Nguette after he takes a swing at a Le Tallec header but goes over.
20:19: GOAL: Toulouse 0-4 Rennes. Nelson Oliviera cleans up a scuffle in the Toulouse penalty area with his head. Game very much over.
20:15: Outside of the Ligue 1 matches being played at the moment, Marseille Sporting Director Jose Anigo has announced that there is no way manager Elie Baup will be fired after losing 5 straight games.
20:14: RED CARD: Gianni Bruno kung-fu kicks big Pejcinovic and is promptly sent off. Bastia down to 10 men. Nice must get something from this now.
20:12: GOAL: Lorient 2-0 Sochaux. Yann Jouffre, who has not had the greatest start to a season, fires home from just outside the area. Lorient another side who need a win.
20:09: Wonderful save from Memo Ochoa as a Guingamp player heads to the Mexicans bottom right post. Ravanelli could really do with a win today. A lot of pressure on him at the moment.
20:07: What a miss from Dario Cvitanich. Ball comes in from Traore and all the Argentinian has to do to equalise vs Bastia is stick his foot out from 2 yards into an empty net but instead he thwacks it over.
20:05: Lorient’s Audard has to react after Sochaux’s Diaz floats a ball into the box but nobody picks it up making things awkward for the home goalkeeper. Palms it away for an insignificant corner.
20:02: Ninkov and Zebina have replaced Akpa Akpro and Spajic at half time as Toulouse look to change things around being 3-0 behind at home vs Rennes.
20.00: Second halves are imminent around the grounds.
19:52: Ali Ahamada has had a half I am sure he would rather forget after conceding three rather preventable goals at home vs Rennes, who haven’t had the greatest start this season before tonight.
19:50: What an end to the first half that was! Lots coming up in the next 45 minutes too!
19:47: HALF TIME SCORES: Guingamp 0-1 Ajaccio, Valenciennes 0-0 Evian, Toulouse 0-3 Rennes, Lorient 1-0 Sochaux, Bastia 1-0 Nice.
19:45: GOAL: Toulouse 0-3 Rennes. And we have another goal! Rennes extend their lead with a deflected free-kick. The atmosphere is understandably flat here, this game looks over before half-time.
19:43: Well, there has been a rush of goals just before half time. Managers will be changing team talks as we speak!
19:42: GOAL: Guingamp 0-1 Ajaccio. The away side take the lead after Andre heads home from a free-kick. the marking was non-existent there from Guingamp to be honest.
19:38: GOAL: Bastia 1-0 Nice. The home side take the lead just before half time, with former Arsenal defender Squillaci heading in! Nice’s job got that much harder…
19:37: GOAL: Toulouse 0-2 Rennes. And from that clearance, the ball is knocked back in and Bakayoko sticks it in!
19:36: Massive mix-up in the Toulouse box – the ball is stuck somewhere between 6 or 7 different players, but it is eventually hacked clear.
19:32: Sochaux using every opportunity they have to send the ball into the Lorient box. If an equaliser comes, it will most likely be from a set piece.
19:30: Dangerous free-kick for Evian, Barbosa behind it… but it comes to waste as Valenciennes clear comfortably.
19:27: GOAL: Toulouse 0-1 Rennes. Rennes take the lead though midfielder Alessandrini after a mix-up at the back for Toulouse. Pitroipa’s initial effort bounced back into Alessandrini’s path, and he stuck it into an empty net.
19:25: Good chance for Valenciennes to open the scoring, but a close-range shot from Doumbia is blocked on the line with the goalkeeper beaten!
19:23: Sochaux look to hit back immediately: A free-kick from just inside the Lorient half evades everyone though and goes straight into Audard’s hands.
19:20: GOAL: Lorient 1-0 Sochaux. Finally, we have a goal as Aboubakar opens the scoring for Lorient with a volley against Sochaux! The home side deserved their lead – Coutadeur had come close moments earlier.
19:16: Close: As I say that, Lorient almost take the lead! Coutadeur has a good low shot saved well by Pouplin in the Sochaux goal.
19:12: More measured starts in the games at Lorient and Bastia, but the scores are goalless everywhere at the moment.
19:09: Rennes almost break the deadlock against Toulouse through a stunning volley! It flashes just wide though… Warning signs for the home team.
19:06: Valenciennes had made the stronger start against Evian, but the away side almost score from a swift counter attack. There is not enough weight on the attempted chip though, and the Valenciennes defence clear.
19:03: Free kick in a good position for Guingamp, a great delivery comes in, but nobody can get on the end of it and the ball goes out harmlessly for a goal kick.
19:00: KICK OFF: We are underway in all 5 games!
18:58: Review: Earlier today, Marseille were toppled at home by Reims, 3-2. Marseille came back from a 2-0 half time defecit, but conceded a late third goal at the hands of Prince Oniangue.
18:55: Just five minutes to go now until kick-off, expect plenty of mistakes, drama and, most importantly, goals!
18:52: Stat Attack: According to OptaJean, Nice have won only 3 of their last 21 games at Bastia, drawing 5 and losing 13. Looks like a tough task for the away side then.
18:51: Nice team vs Bastia: Ospina – Puel, Bodmer, Pejcinovic, Kolodziejczak – Mendy, Digard – Eysseric, Traoré, Brüls – Cvitanich.
18:50: Bastia team vs Nice: Landreau – Cioni, Squillaci, Modesto, Palmieri – Cahuzac, Romaric – Krasic, Boudebouz, Khazri – Bruno.
18:50: Sochaux team vs Lorient: Pouplin – Corchia, Peybernes, Kanté, Faussurier – Dias, Lopy, Nogueira – Contout, Bakambu, Roudet.
18:49: Lorient team vs Sochaux: Audard – Baca, Ecuele Manga, Koné, Guerreiro – Jouffre, Coutadeur, Lautoa, Pelé – Aliadière, Aboubakar.
18:48: Rennes team vs Toulouse: Costil – Danzé, Kana-Biyik, Armand, M’Bengue – Bakayoko, Makoun – Kadir, Alessandrini, Pitroipa – Oliveira.
18:47: Toulouse team vs Rennes: Ahamada – Aurier, Spajic, Abdennour – Akpa Akpro, Chantôme, Didot, Trejo, Sylla – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite.
18:46: Evian team vs Valenciennes: Hansen – Wass, Mongongu, Angoula, Sabaly – Tie Bi, Sorlin – Barbosa, Cambon, Benezet – Sougou.
18:44: Valenciennes team vs Evian: Penneteau – Néry, Kagelmacher, Angoua, Masuaku – Da Silva, Doumbia – Dossevi, Nguette, Bahebeck – Le Tallec.
18:40: Ajaccio team vs Guingamp: Ochoa, B.André, Zubar, Tonucci, Crescenzi, Pierazzi (cap), Pedretti, Lasne, Gonçalves, Oliech, Tallo.
18:35: Guingamp team vs Ajaccio: Ndy Assembé, Levêque, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Lemaitre, Mathis (cap), Sankharé, Atik, Langil, Douniama, Mandanne.
18:30: Good evening one and all, and welcome to another live commentary of Ligue 1 football. We have five exciting games today: Guingamp vs Ajaccio, Valenciennes vs Evian, Toulouse vs Rennes, Lorient vs Sochaux and Bastia vs Nice. Team news coming up shortly…