Published January 13, 2015
Nantes, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Nolan Roux scored the only goal of the match on Friday to lift Lille to a 1-0 result over Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire, propelling the club up to second place in Ligue 1.
Both teams played a pretty even match for the duration of the 90 minutes with Lille mustering two shots on frame to just two for Nantes. But it was Lille that found the breakthrough in the 41st minute.
Midfielder Ronny Rodelin set the scoring play in motion when he lofted a cross into the penalty area and Roux was able to get his head on it and direct it past Nantes goalkeeper Remy Riou.
It became even more of an uphill climb for the home side seven minutes from time when Papy Djilobodji was shown a straight red card, reducing the home side to 10 men.
Nantes failed to create many more quality chances over the final seven minutes as Lille held on to claim an important three points as the club pulls to within two points of Paris Saint-Germain for the top spot. Nantes, meanwhile, remains in fourth place on 19 points with the defeat.
Defending Ligue 1 champions PSG highlight the weekend action as the capital club will shoot for its seventh straight victory across all competitions.
The league leaders enter Sunday clash with St. Etienne coming off a 5-0 thrashing of Belgian side Anderlecht on Tuesday in Champions League play as striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals to lead the club to the rout.
In league play, PSG easily handled Bastia by a 4-0 score at the Parc des Princes and a win over Les Verts would be the club's fifth straight in league play.
Second-place Monaco will shoot to maintain its unbeaten start in league play when they host Lyon at the Stade Louis II on Sunday. Through 10 games this campaign, the principality club has won six and drawn four to sit just two points behind PSG for the top spot.
Also on Sunday, Montpellier will aim to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Lille last week when the club visits the Stade Chaban-Delmas to battle Bordeaux.
On Saturday, Marseille will attempt to snap a three-match losing streak across all competitions when the club faces Reims at the Velodrome, while Bastia will try to rebound from a 4-0 thumping at the hands of PSG when they host Nice at the Stade Armand-Cesari.
Ligue 1 newcomers Guingamp go for a third straight league victory when they face Ajaccio at the Stade du Roudourou, while Lorient hosts Sochaux at the Stade du Moustoir.
Toulouse hosts Rennes at the Stade Municipal de Toulouse and Saturday's slate wraps up with bottom-of-the-table Valenciennes goes for its second win of the campaign against Evian at the Stade du Hainaut.