19:50: FULL TIME: Rennes 3-1 ASSE Ajaccio 1-1 Bastia Guingamp 0-1 Bordeaux, Sochaux 0-2 Reims, Montpellier 0-2 Lorient
19:48: GOAL: Rennes 3-1 St-Etienne (Erding). St-Etienne get the scappiest of consolations as Erding taps in after a series of deflections.
19:47: Red, Penalty, GOAL: Montpellier 0-2 Lorient (Aboubakar). El Kaoutari gives away a penalty and is sent off. Aboubakar then steps up and buries the spot kick!
19:46: Red Cards: Hilton is off for Montpellier after kicking out and is given a straight red. Beauvue off for Guingamp to make it 10 vs 10 for the last few minutes.
19:44: GOAL: Sochaux 0-2 Reims (Oniangue). I knew there was another goal in this game! Unfortunately for Sochaux, it has gone to Reims, who have now secured their win. Sochaux will remain rooted in the bottom 3.
19:42: Crazy stuff in Sochaux vs Reims! Reims almost score as they hit the post, but Sochaux come right back and come close through Mayuka! Real end to end stuff here.
19:39: GOAL: Ajaccio 1-1 Bastia (Eduardo). The 10 men of Ajaccio are level through Brazilian Eduardo! Brilliant show of character from the ‘home’ side to equalise with 10 men; Bastia will be bitterly disappointed.
19:35: Montpellier almost score twice! First it is Montano who sees his shot saved by Chaigneau, and then it is the substitute Tinhan, whose shot is also palmed away.
19:32: As we near the last 10 minutes, every game apart from the Rennes one is in the balance. Montpellier and Guingamp pressing particularly hard for the equaliser, but the leading team is always dangerous on the counter.
19:28: Guingamp really pressing with the extra ma against Bordeaux at the moment. The away side cannot get out of their half at the moment, but Carrasso has not had a tough save to make yet.
19:25: GOAL: Rennes 3-0 St-Etienne (Romero). It is Romero who provides the finish, but it is all about the ball from Alessandrini. He plays a stunning pass into Romero that splits the defence in half, and the striker buries his shot into the corner.
19:21: Cabella trying to get his side pumped up for the game as Montpellier win a corner… but it comes to nothing as Lorient clear. Both sides look like they can get another goal!
19:18: Red Card: Nadeau is sent off for the home side for what can only be described as a ninja kick on a Bastia player. To be fair to him, the boot wasn’t too high, but the referee saw it as dangerous, so a Ajaccio are down to 10.
19:15: De Preville has another go at the Sochaux goal, but this time Pouplin does well to cling onto the ball. End to end stuff in this game – Sochaux looking for the equaliser, Reims hitting them on the counter.
19:11: Red Card: Orban is sent of for Bordeaux! He is given a second yellow card for a leading elbow minutes after picking up his first caution. Guingamp now have a way back into this game.
19:10: GOAL: Rennes 2-0 St-Etienne (Alessandrini). Ruffier does very well to save an initial shot, but there is nothing he can do about Alessandrini’s follow up, which flies high into the top of the goal!
19:07: Close: Rennes almost double their lead against St-Etienne as Romero is released through on goal, but his low shot is well saved by the legs of Ruffier, who keeps his side in the game.
19:04: GOAL: Montpellier 0-1 Lorient (Barthelmé). Lorient take the lead completely against the run of play! Moments after Chaigneau makes a smart stop in the Lorient goal, a ball is played over the top of the Montpellier defence, which Barthelmé runs onto. His touch is perfect, and provides a left footed finish that beats Joudren.
19:00: KICK OFF: We are back underway in all 5 Ligue 1 games! Lots at stake here.
18:50: So, some exciting games so far. All of them can be changed with just 1 goal, so there is plenty to play for in the second half! I’m off for my half time cuppa, I’ll see you in 10.
18:46: HALF TIME: Rennes 1-0 St-Etienne, Ajaccio 0-1 Bastia, Guingamp 0-1 Bordeaux, Sochaux 0-1 Reims, Montpellier 0-0 Lorient.
18:45: Close: What an effort from Alessandrini! As Rennes break once more, Alessandrini sees Ruffier off his line and tries a chip, but the ball floats agonisingly above the bar onto the top netting!
18:44: Chance: Great chance for Congré to score! A free kick is swung in from the right and falls to Congré 5 yards out, but his volley is wayward and flies over the bar!
18:40: Reims man Mandi is down after a shot to the ‘you-know-whats.’ Not nice, but he should be fine to continue. Sochaux still pressing.
18:38: Sochaux looking to get back into the game against Reims here, but the away defence looks very solid. They are pressing all over the pitch and not allowing Sochaux time on the ball.
18:35: GOAL: Rennes 1-0 St-Etienne (Romero). Perfect counter-attacking play from Rennes here! They break after winning the ball just outside their own box. The ball eventually goes out to the left wing, and the cross is perfect for Romero, who obliges to head past Ruffier in the St-Etienne goal.
18:32: Lorient are beginning to get a better hold of the game against Montpellier now. A good period of possession is eventually wasted though in the form of a poor shot.
18:27: GOAL: Guingamp 0-1 Bordeaux (Faubert). Very nice goal to open the scoring here. Faubert is slipped through wide on the right of the penalty box, and his powerful shot goes straight through Ndy Assembe. Bordeaux deserve their lead, they have been on top for a while now.
18:25: Not much to shout about in Rennes vs St-Etienne I’m afraid… The sides are well matched and neither can create chances at the moment. The defences are dominating the game.
18:22: Close: Montpellier, who have been all over Lorient so far, almost get the opener as Cabella’s deflected shot looks to be heading in. It goes just wide though and hits the side netting.
18:20: Close: Good save by Ndy Assembe! A free kick is sent in from the left by Bordeaux, and Sané gets a good header to it, only to see Ndy Assembe save smartly to his right.
18:16: GOAL: Sochaux 0-1 Reims (Glombard). Oh dear Pouplin… The Sochaux ‘keeper makes a crucial error that allows Glombard through with no goalkeeper to beat, and he slots gratefully into the open goal. It was a gift, and boos ring around the stadium from the Sochaux fans.
18:12: A great passage of play from Reims against Sochaux sees De Preville flash a header wide of Pouplin’s goal. Brilliant there from the home side, they started well inside their own half and created a good chance at the other end.
18:10: GOAL: Ajaccio 0-1 Bastia (Raspentino). Bastia strike first in the derby! It is frontman Raspentino who gets the goal for the away side, and Ajaccio already have it to do to get back into this game.
18:07: Guingamp looking to get the upper hand early on against Bordeaux, but the away side’s defence looks very well organised. Still no chances of note to report in that game so far.
18:05: Ajaccio’s stadium is half empty it seems… Considering it is a big derby today I expected a bit better there…
18:03: Measured starts all round so far. Best chance has gone to Montpellier, but Chaigneau in the Lorient goal saves smartly to deny the home side.
18:00: KICK OFF: We are underway in all 5 games!
17:56: ‘Land’-mark: Today Mickael Landreau makes his 603rd appearance in Ligue 1, making him the player with the most ever games played in Ligue 1. It comes in a crucial game as well, as Ajaccio take on Bastia in a big derby game.
17:54: Tuesday round-up: In yesterday’s Ligue 1 action, we saw Lille beat Marseille 1-0 in a fiery encounter and extend their clean sheet record to 11 games, while OGC Nice were outclasses by an impressive Monaco and Nantes edged past Valenciennes.
17:50: Reims team vs Sochaux: Agassa – Mandi, Tacalfred, Weber, Turan – Albaek, Krychowiak, Oniangué – Glombard, De Préville, Ayité.
17:49: Sochaux team vs Reims: Pouplin – Corchia, Peybernes, Zouma, Faussurier – Lopy, Prcic – Bakambu, Camara, Contout – Mayuka.
17:48: St-Etienne team vs Rennes: Ruffier – Clerc, Bayal, Perrin, Ghoulam – Diomandé, Clément – Hamouma, Cohade, Mollo – Erding.
17:47: Rennes team vs St-Etienne: Costil – Danzé, Houtondji, Armand, Emerson – Bakayoko, Makoun – Pitroipa, Kadir, Alessandrini – Romero.
17:46: Lorient team vs Montpellier: Chaigneau – Gassama, Koné, Ecuele Manga, Guerreiro – Sunu, Bourillon, Doukouré, Barthelmé – Diallo, Aboubakar.
17:45: Montpellier team vs Lorient: Jourdren – Congré, Hilton, El Kaoutari, Tiéné – Stambouli, Saihi – Sanson, Cabella, Mounier – Montano.
17:44: Bordeaux team vs Guingamp: Carrasso – Mariano, Henrique, Sané, Orban – Faubert, Sertic, Nguemo, Maurice-Belay – Saivet, Jussiê.
17:43: Guingamp team vs Bordeaux: Ndy Assembé – Martins Pereira, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Lemaître – Atik, Mathis, Sankharé, Giresse – Douniama, Beauvue.
17:42: Bastia team vs Ajaccio: Landreau – Cioni, Squillaci, Harek, Palmieri – Modesto, Romaric – Krasic, Boudebouz, Khazri – Raspentino.
17:42: Ajaccio team vs Bastia: Ochoa – Hengbart, Nadeau, Dielna, Bonnart – Goncalves, Mostefa – Oliech, Cavalli, Diarra – Eduardo.
17:40: Welcome one and all to a special live commentary of today’s midweek Ligue 1 games! We have 5 games on from 6 GMT: Ajaccio vs Bastia, Guingamp vs Bordeaux, Montpellier vs Lorient, Rennes vs Saint-Etienne and Sochaux vs Reims. Team news up shortly.