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PARIS---Lille edged Guingamp 1-0
to pull within six points of second-
place Monaco in the French league
despite a mediocre performance yes-
terday while Rennes thrashed mid-
table Bastia 3-0 to move closer to
In the second minute of stoppage
time, Lille centreback Marko Basa redi-
rected a corner toward Salomon Kalou,
who flicked home the winner for his
11th league goal this season.
"We struggle each time we face a
team parking the bus," Kalou told BeIn
Sport television. "We don't find the
Lille looked a far cry from the side
that was neck and neck with leader
Paris Saint-Germain in December.
Guingamp had three clear-cut chances
in the second half but failed to convert
Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama
denied striker Mustapha Yatabare in
the 52nd and parried a volley from
midfielder Fatih Atik in the 55th.
Christophe Mandanne then rounded
Enyeama in the 60th but centerback
Simon Kjaer rushed back to clear off
the line the low effort from the
In Rennes, the hosts took the lead
in the 14th minute with a powerful
strike from winger Romain Alessandrini
that goalkeeper Mickael Landreau fum-
bled into his own net.
Sweden forward Ola Toivonen fired
a half-volley into the top corner to
double the lead in the 28th and set up
midfielder Jean Makoun for the third
goal in the 59th.
"The players are pulling more and
more for each other," Rennes defender
Sylvain Armand told the club's Web
site. "It bodes well for the end of the
Lyon hosts Saint-Etienne late on
Sunday in a match between two con-
tenders for a European spot.
Paris Saint-Germain edged Nice 1-
0 on Friday to extend its lead over sec-
ond-place Monaco to 13 points with
just seven rounds left.
On Saturday, it was: Sochaux 1, Mar-
seille 1; Ajaccio 2, Toulouse 2; Evian 1,
Monaco 0; Montpellier 0, Valenciennes
0; Nantes 0, Bordeaux 0; and Reims
1, Lorient 1. (AP)
SEATTLE---Justin Meram scored in
the final minute of stoppage time to
give the Columbus Crew a 2-1 victory
over the Seattle Sounders in Major
League Soccer on Saturday.
Meram's winner was set up by Fed-
erico Higuain's corner. The ball went
beyond the top of the penalty area to
Meram, who drilled a 25-yard strike
into the back right corner past
Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
The Crew have won their first three
games for the first time in the club's
Kenny Cooper opened the scoring
in the 23rd minute for the Sounders
before Higuain converted a penalty in
the 59th to level it at 1-1.
FC Dallas remained unbeaten after
Mauro Diaz scored in the 84th minute
of a 2-1 win over the Portland Tim-
Dallas leads the MLS standings with
Dallas went ahead in the third
minute of first-half stoppage time on
a Blas Perez header, but the Timbers
equalized in the 67th when Dallas
defender Matt Hedges deflected a
Maximiliano Urruti pass into his own
The teams played the second half
with 10 men each after Portland left
back Michael Harrington and Dallas
right winger Je-Vaughn Watson were
sent off for an off-the-ball fight.
Unbeaten Vancouver edged the
Houston Dynamo 2-1 after Kenny
Miller scored from a penalty in the
58th minute, while Alvaro Saborio
scored in each half as Real Salt Lake
won at home for the first time this
season, 3-0 over Toronto FC.
In other matches, the New England
Revolution downed the San Jose Earth-
quakes 2-1, Sporting Kansas City
defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-2, the
Chicago Fire drew 2-2 with DC United
and the Montreal Impact and Philadel-
phia Union played out a 1-1 draw. (AP)
AMSTERDAM---Ajax closed in on
its fourth consecutive Dutch league
title by beating FC Twente 3-0 yes-
Stefano Denswil, Lasse Schone and
Bojan Krkic all scored for Ajax, which
extended its lead to eight points with
five games to go.
Twente hit the crossbar and post
in the first half before Denswil headed
in a free kick in the 29th minute.
Ricardo van Rhijn set up Schone
for the second in the 58th and Krkic
completed the win seven minutes later.
Twente dropped to fifth place, 10
points behind Ajax.
Feyenoord moved into second after
routing Go Ahead Eagles 5-0 with
goals from five different players.(AP)
Monaco's Jeremy Toulalan of France, centre, challenges for the ball with Lille's Florent Balmont of France, left
background, and Lille's Pape Souare of Senegal during their French League One soccer match, in Monaco
stadium, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Lille beats Guingamp
1-0 in French League
Crew come back for
2-1 victory at Seattle
Ajax extends lead in
Dutch soccer league
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