French champions Lille kept their
slim Ligue 1 title hopes alive when Mathieu Debuchy's
second-half goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Lorient on Saturday.
Debuchy scored in the 76th minute after latching onto a
Benoit Pedretti cross to put third-placed Lille on 42 points.
Lille goalkeeper Mickael Landreau kept the visitors afloat
in the first half with a series of stunning saves and they piled
on the pressure after the break, with Belgian prodigy Eden
Hazard causing chaos in the Lorient defence.
"Landreau was outstanding and that's why we reached the
interval at 0-0," Lille coach Rudi Garcia was quoted as saying
by French media.
"In the second half we were solid defensively and managed to
score that goal. I had no doubt my team had what it takes to
react," he added, referring to last weekend's 5-4 home defeat by
Olympique Marseille's hopes of at least claiming the
Champions League play-off spot occupied by Lille took a blow when
they could only manage a 1-1 home draw against Valenciennes.
Midfielder Alou Diarra put Marseille in front after 16
minutes with a near-post header from a Rod Fanni cross but
Valenciennes' Brazilian defender Gil equalised six minutes into
the second half, firing home from close range.
Marseille are fourth on 39 points.
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