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Ligue 1 LIVE: 08/02/14

21:00: As usual, after another fascinating day of Ligue 1 action, it is time for me to say goodbye. Until next time, Au Revoir!

20:55: Well, as usual, Ligue 1 served up a whole load of drama! Lille and Ajaccio won for the first time in a while, Valenciennes edged a huge relegation 6 pointer thanks to Waris, Reims beat Guingamp with two goals in two minutes, and Montpellier and Evian played out an entertaining 1-1 draw.

20:50: FULL TIME: Ajaccio 3-1 Rennes, Guingamp 1-2 Reims, Montpellier 1-1 Evian, Lille 2-0 Sochaux, Valenciennes 2-1 Nice.

20:46: GOAL: Valenciennes 2-1 Nice (Waris). We have lift-off!!! Is this the moment that turns around Valenciennes’ season? Waris finds space on the left, cuts inside and powers a shot past Ospina! The crowd erupts, and VAFC have the lead they deserved. 

20:44: Close: And just as I say that, Montpellier almost score! Mounier stands over a free kick, and curls a brilliant effort onto the bar!

20:42: Montpellier have been playing with 10 men admirably since that Tiené sending off. They are continuing to dominate possession, but now, since they are a man up, Evian will be far more effective on the counter. Could be a goal in this one yet.

20:39: Lille remain to be wasteful, and if Sochaux grab one at the death they will only have themselves to blame. Having said that, the away side haven’t offered any real threat going forward today, so a late equaliser is looking rather unlikely.

20:35: GOAL: Ajaccio 3-1 Rennes (Cavalli). What a time to score your first goal of the season! Cavalli manages to score to put Ajaccio two goals up and, with just 10 minutes to go, it looks like they may grab their first win in about 50 blue moons! Brilliant stuff from Ajaccio.

20:33: GOAL: Valenciennes 1-1 Nice (Maupay). Heart wrenching for Valenciennes! Nice grab a completely undeserved goal! Valenciennes should have been at least 3 or 4 goals up, but that is what happens when you waste chances in football, you get punished brutally. 

20:30: GOAL: Guingamp 1-2 Reims (Ayité). A brilliant solo goal from Ayité puts Reims in front! He picks up the ball outside the box, beats his man down the left for pace and finishes clinically low into the near post. Daylight robbery here from Reims.

20:27: GOAL: Guingamp 1-1 Reims (Fortes). Reims find an equaliser from nothing! They have barely had a look in in this second half, with Guingamp dominant, but they find a way back through Fortes. An interesting last 20 minutes or so to come.

20:25: RED CARD: Tiené. Montpellier are down to 10 as Tieneé is sent off for two yellows! Evian have their tails up now!

20:23: Close: How are Valenciennes only one goal up?! This time, the ball is crossed into Waris, who really should score, but his first touch is too strong and Ospina can collect the ball before Waris can apply the finishing touch.

20:20: GOAL: Guingamp 1-0 Reims (Alioui). Guingamp’s strikers combine to give them the lead! Yatabaré finds a yard of space on the left, and his near post cross is turned in by Alioui, who sends in a low shot across Placide in the Reims goal.

20:17: Close: Valenciennes go close to 2-0 once again! This time, Pujol gets his head on a cross at the near post, only to see Ospina save his attempt and Bodmer clear it to safety. Valenciennes are completely dominant, but they need that second goal to be sure of the three points.

20:15: Still 0-0 between Guingamp and Reims, and the weather may have something to do with it. The pitch is full of water, with puddles all over the place, and neither side can really pass the ball with any urgency at the moment.

20:12: Lille are guilty of being very wasteful today against Sochaux. Their latest attack breaks down after an attempted cross goes out harmlessly for a goal kick. Sochaux may fancy their chances of grabbing a late one if it stays like this.

20:08: Rennes, who are looking to get back into the game against Ajaccio, look like they have a decent counter going, with Grosicki breaking down the right. However, Diarra cynically pulls him back to stop the move, and is booked for his troubles. Took one for the team there.

20:05: Close: Valenciennes almost double their lead within a few minutes of the second half! A free kick is delivered from the left, and Medjani looks set to bury a free header, only for the ball to hit his shoulder instead and fly agonisingly wide instead. Let off for Nice.

20:02: KICK OFF: We are back underway in all 5 Ligue 1 games! What does the second half have in stall for us?

19:52: What an exciting half of Ligue 1 action! Ajaccio and Valenciennes, who both began in the bottom three, are up on Rennes and Nice respectively, while Lille hold a narrow lead over Sochaux. Guingamp vs Reims and Montpellier vs Evian are both level, and either of those games can go both ways. Not to mention that absolute gem of a goal from André! Make it a priority to watch that one as soon as possible!

19:46: HALF TIME: Ajaccio 2-1 Rennes, Guingamp 0-0 Reims, Montpellier 1-1 Evian, Lille 1-0 Sochaux, Valenciennes 1-0 Nice

19:44: GOAL: Montpellier 1-1 Evian (Cabella). Montpellier drag themselves back into this game just before half time! Mounier drags the ball back from the right, and Cabella is at hand to sweep into an empty net. Game well and truly on.

19:42: What a game it is turning out to be at Ajaccio. The bottom side are a goal up, after Andre’s stunning goal, but Rennes have the firepower to pull it back in their favour. Should be a cracking second half.

19:40: GOAL: Ajaccio 2-1 Rennes (Andre). WHAT. A. GOAL. The ball is sent over, rather hopefully, to Andre on the far left hand side of the box. He then releases an unbelievable, swerving strike on the half-volley, from the tightest of angles, which flies over Costil straight into the top corner. Serious contender for goal of the season!

19:36: GOAL: Ajaccio 1-1 Rennes (Doucoure). The attacking trio have helped pulled it back, but it is not one of them who has grabbed the goal! Ntep, from the left hand side, delivers a teasing cross into the area, which eventually falls to Doucoure, who has the simple job of finishing from a couple of yards out.

19:33: GOAL: Montpellier 0-1 Evian (Berigaud). Evian take the lead, which comes slightly against the run of play! A corner is swung in, and Berigaud gets his head to it to finish clinically.

19:28: GOAL: Valenciennes 1-0 Nice (Doumbia). Brilliant goal from Valenciennes, who now have the goal their early play deserved. They hit Nice on the counter, and when Waris plays in Doumbia, he cannot miss.

19:24: Montpellier, who are on a hot streak of form, have looked in control against Evian in the first 25 minutes of this match, but are yet to create anything clear cut. The usual trio of Mounier, Cabella and Niang are leading their strike force, with Camara coming into the side after his impressive performance from the bench last time out.

19:20: GOAL: Ajaccio 1-0 Rennes (Faty). For all the threat Rennes have posed, it is Ajaccio who take the lead! The ball is delivered from a free kick on the right, and Faty rises highest to head into the bottom corner, leaving the ‘keeper with no chance. Game on.

19:18: Valenciennes have started very well against Nice, and their latest attack sees them go very close from a corner. It is however, still 0-0.

19:15: Close: Lille almost go two up here! Kalou tries to curl a low shot into the far corner, but new man Yohann Pelé is equal to it and parries it out for a corner, which comes to nothing. Good save there from the veteran.

19:13: Ouch: Evian’s Sougou digs his studs into Cabella’s ankle, and the Montpellier man is down in pain for a while. After a minute or so, he manages to pick himself up though, and it looks like he will be OK to carry on. No card for Sougou.

19:10: Close: Valenciennes almost take the lead against Nice! The ball drops to Pujol just inside the area, and his low shot is creeping into the bottom corner until Ospina flings himself at it and turns it round the post. 

19:08: Close: Rennes’ attacking trio of Grosicki, Toivonen and Ntep are already looking very dangerous against Ajaccio. First, Toivonen and Grosicki combine, only to see the ball cleared by the defence. Then, Ntep is put through on goal down the left, but can only fire straight at Ochoa, who can palm away to safety.

19:05: GOAL: Lille 1-0 Sochaux (Origi). Lille take the lead after a lightning start! A corner is swung in, and Origi manages to head the ball powerfully into the net. Not much that new man Pelé could have done about that one.

19:02: Close: What a chance for Guingamp to take the lead! Just 17 seconds in, Yatabaré flicks the ball on to Alioui, who is one on one with Placide in the Reims goal, but he blazes well over the bar!

19:00: KICK OFF: We are underway in all 5 Ligue 1 games!

18:57: January Watch: We have quite a few players who only joined Ligue 1 in January lining up to play this evening. New signing Pelé starts in goal for relegation threatened Sochaux, but Rennes boast a front three full of new recruits in Grosicki, Toivonen and Ntep. Watch those three closely, they will be looking to make an instant impact.

18:55: Nice team vs Valenciennes: Ospina – Palun, Bodmer, Genevois, Kolodziejczak – N. Mendy, Digard – Puel, Abriel, Brüls – Cvitanich.

18:55: Valenciennes team vs Nice: Penneteau – Mater, Kagelmacher, Medjani, Masuaku – Ducourtioux, Doumbia, Enza Yamissi, Melikson – Waris, Pujol.

18:54: Sochaux team vs Lille: Pelé – Faussurier, Sunzu, Carlao, Marange – Contout, Sinkala, Malsa, Roudet – Mayuka, J. Ayew.

18:53: Lille team vs Sochaux: Enyeama – Sidibé, Kjaer, Basa, Souaré – Balmont, Mavuba, Gueye – Origi, Roux, Kalou.

18:52: Evian team vs Montpellier: Laquait – Abdallah, Angoula, Mongongu, Sabaly – Sougou, Ruben, Sorlin, Barbosa – Bérigaud, De Melo.

18:51: Montpellier team vs Evian: Jourdren – Deplagne, El Kaoutari, Hilton, Tiéné – Stambouli, Sanson – Camara, Cabella, Mounier – Niang.

18:50: Reims team vs Guingamp: Placide – Mandi, Tacalfred, Weber, Turan – Devaux, Krychowiak, Oniangué – Fortes, De Préville, Atar.

18:49: Guingamp team vs Reims: Ndy Assembe – Martins-Pereira, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Lemaître – Atik, Mathis, Sankharé, Diallo – Alioui, Yatabaré.

18:48: Rennes team vs Ajaccio: Costil – Moreira, Hountondji, Armand, M’Bengue – Bakayoko, Doucouré, Konradsen – Ntep, Toivonen, Grosicki.

18:47: Ajaccio team vs Rennes: Ochoa – Mostefa, Perozo, Hengbart, Tonucci, Bonnart – Lasne, Faty, Cavalli, André – Tallo.

18:45: Welcome one and all to yet another live commentary of some Saturday evening Ligue 1 action! As we move on from the January transfer window and near the business end of the season, the 10 sides in action today will be desperate to take all three points. As usual, we have five games on from 19:00 GMT: Ajaccio vs Rennes, Guingamp vs Reims, Lille vs Sochaux, Montpellier vs Evian and Valenciennes vs Nice. Team news coming up shortly…

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