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PARIS---Lille beat Marseille 1-
0 yesterday with a late goal from
Nolan Roux to consolidate second
place in the French league and
put pressure on leader Paris
Roux scored his sixth goal this
season by heading a cross from
Florent Balmont into the bottom
corner in the first minute of stop-
page time, while Lille goalkeeper
Vincent Enyeama kept an 11th
straight clean sheet in the league.
Lille pulled within a point of
PSG and is nine points clear of
"I'm sorry for those who will
say: again a 1-0 victory," Lille coach
Rene Girard said. "Football is about
defending and attacking. We did
attack since we scored a goal. We're
efficient. We don't dominate by
creating 20 chances per game. But
we step up when it matters."
Monaco earned a third straight
victory by defeating Nice 3-0 to
stay in third place, one point
behind Lille, while Nantes edged
Valenciennes 2-1 to move provi-
sionally into fifth place.
Florian Thauvin was booed by
the crowd at Stade Pierre Mauroy
every time he touched the ball.
The Marseille forward went on
strike this summer to obtain a
transfer from his former club, Lille.
Lille tested Marseille goalkeeper
Steve Mandanda with long-range
strikes from Ronny Rodelin in the
fifth minute and Balmont in the
But Andre-Pierre Gignac was
the most threatening player in the
first half, forcing Enyeama to punch
away his cross-shot in the 17th.
The Marseille striker then rolled
away from Lille defender Simon
Kjaer to be clean through on goal
in the 24th, but Enyeama denied
The Lille goalkeeper frustrated
the visitors in the second half,
stopping a close-range effort from
Gignac in the 54th, a drive from
Thauvin and a volley from Gignac
in the 63rd.
Marseille lost France playmaker
Mathieu Valbuena and Dimitri
Payet to injuries in the 72nd and
the 78th, respectively. Payet picked
up a left calf strain whereas Val-
buena suffered a left shoulder
injury that will sideline him for at
least four weeks.
"We should have scored and
taken the lead," Marseille coach
Elie Baup said. "Conceding that
goal in stoppage time really hurts.
It's unfair given the game we had."
Monaco played without Colom-
bia striker Radamel Falcao, who is
recovering from a thigh injury. But
it hardly mattered as Monaco con-
verted its first two scoring chances.
Colombia midfielder James
Rodriguez put Monaco ahead with
a curling shot from a tight angle
in the fifth minute before striker
Emmanuel Riviere outjumped the
Nice defense in the 23rd to meet
a cross from Anthony Martial and
send a looping header inside the
far post for his seventh goal this
Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Sub-
asic protected his team's lead by
stopping a low volley from Nice
winger Valentin Eysseric in the
seventh and tipping around the
post a low drive from Argentine
striker Dario Cvitanich in the 26th.
Riviere then wasted two good
chances. The Monaco striker sent
a chip over the bar in the 38th and
lost his balance with the goal at
his mercy after skipping past Nice
goalkeeper Luca Veronese in the
Today, it's: Evian vs Paris Saint-
Germain; Rennes vs Saint-Etienne;
Guingamp vs Bordeaux; Ajaccio vs
Bastia; Sochaux vs Reims; and
Montpellier vs Lorient.
Tomorrow, Lyon hosts Toulouse.
Lille beats Marseille
1-0 in French league
Jermaine Jones, top,
and Schalke's Atsuto
challenge for the ball
during the German
football cup third
between FC Schalke
04 and TSG
Hoffenheim won 3-1.
Schalke 3-1 yesterday to reach the
quarterfinals of the German Cup,
while three-time champion Borussia
Dortmund eased to a 2-0 win over
In other matches, Hamburger SV
beat second-tier Cologne 2-1 after a
late goal from Ivo Ilicevic and Kaiser-
slautern won 3-0 at Union Berlin in a
showdown between two leading sec-
Kai Herdling sent a cross in the 21st
minute that sailed past several players
into Schalke's net for Hoffenheim's
lead. Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino
then used two quick turnovers by
Schalke to score in the 32nd and 35th,
respectively, to seal Hoffenheim's vic-
tory. Jefferson Farfan pulled one back
for Schalke in the second half.
Julian Schieber and Jonas Hofmann
scored either side of halftime for injury-
depleted Dortmund. (AP)
Marouane Chamakh breathed
new life into Crystal Palace's sur-
vival bid and dragged West Ham
back into the Barclays Premier
League relegation battle.
The much-maligned Moroccan
striker's goal secured a 1-0 victory
yesterday in Tony Pulis' first home
match in charge of the Eagles and
lifted them off the foot of the table.
Chamakh had only previously
found the net once this season -
which was still one goal more than
he managed in five months on loan
with West Ham last term.
But his 42nd-minute header
earned Palace only their third win
of the season, and their first since
Pulis officially took over from Ian
West Ham went into the match
knowing victory could have cat-
apulted them into the top half, but
instead they are now just three
points ahead of a Palace side who
looked doomed a few weeks ago.
Sam Allardyce's team, fresh from
a 3-0 thumping of Fulham on Sat-
urday, are still yet to string together
back-to-back Premier League vic-
tories since they were promoted
last year, a statistic that could yet
cost them dearly this term. (AP)
Crystal Palace triumph
City captain Vincent Kompany is
set to return from two months
out with a thigh injury in the Eng-
lish Premier League match at
West Bromwich Albion today.
The Belgium centre back, who
has been in full training for a week,
has been badly missed by City since
he was injured in the 3-1 home win
over Everton on October 5.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini
says yesterday "Vincent is a very
important player. He is a very good
defender and we need him."
During the 10 games that Kom-
pany has missed, City's defense
has looked vulnerable, especially
away from home where the team
has picked up four points from a
possible 18 in the league.
City's brilliant home form has
helped Pellegrini's side climb to
third place. (AP)
Return of Kompany set to boost Man City BARCELONA---Barcelona midfielder
Andres Iniesta has missed practice
because of an injury worry to his left
The Spanish league club says Iniesta
skipped yesterday's session after feeling
some discomfort following Sunday's
1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao.
Iniesta has missed time because of
muscle tears in his left leg, including
in the run up to the last World Cup
when the Spain international recovered
in time to play and score the winning
goal in the final.
Barcelona says fullback Jordi Alba
returned to regular training for the first
time since injuring his left leg in a train-
ing session on October 10.
Alba, who is also a Spain interna-
tional, could be included in the squad
for Friday's Copa del Rey match at
Iniesta skips practice with leg discomfort
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