Bordeaux loses 1-0 at Montpellier in French league

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PARIS (AP) -- Bordeaux missed the chance to go top of the French league after losing 1-0 at defending champion Montpellier on Sunday.

It was leapfrogged by Marseille, which won 1-0 against 10-man Lille to move level on points at the top of the standings with Paris Saint-Germain.

Remy Cabella scored in the 68th minute to give struggling Montpellier its first victory in four matches.

Montpellier also had a second goal ruled out 12 minutes from time after the referee ruled the ball had gone out of play before being crossed into the area.

Bordeaux struggled to create clear opportunities and remains fourth ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures, having ended a run of five successive wins in all competitions.

It is two points below PSG and Marseille and one behind Lyon, which also missed the chance to retake top spot after its woeful record at Toulouse continued with a 3-0 loss.

Montpellier moved three points above the relegation zone.

Bordeaux had won its previous three league matches, without conceding a goal but it was almost behind in the 11th minute as Marco Estrada's inswinging corner crashed off the right post.

Nicolas Maurice-Belay went close for Bordeaux as he beat the offside trap, rounded goalkeeper Laurent Pionnier and fired toward an empty net, but the ball was cleared by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Montpellier was let down by poor finishing after upping the pressure in the second half.

The home team finally broke the deadlock when Cabella controlled Romain Pitau's pass perfectly before firing past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso in the 68th.

Estrada almost doubled its lead four minutes later but Carrasso did well to punch clear his 30-meter free kick.

Marseille had only won one of its past nine games in all competitions but would have taken an early lead were it not for three fantastic saves in quick succession from Lille goalkeeper Mickael Landreau to deny Andre Ayew, Benoit Cheyrou and Mathieu Valbuena, all from six meters.

Jordan Ayew had a goal rightly ruled out for Marseille before Lille was reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time when Florent Balmont was shown a straight red card for holding back Valbuena.

Ayew scored the only goal of the game immediately after the break, heading in a perfect cross from Valbuena.

Lyon had not won or even scored at Stadium Municipal for six years but was hopeful of ending that record against a Toulouse side which had lost its last four matches.

Wissam Ben Yedder thought he had got Toulouse off to a great start in the ninth minute but his goal was ruled out for offside.

Toulouse almost took the lead shortly after the half hour mark but Etienne Didot's effort was cleared off the line by Lyon defender Mouhamadou Dabo. Moments later Etienne Capoue's header crashed off the post.

Ben Yedder broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half, heading in Franck Tabanou's cross. He doubled his tally three minutes from time, beating the offside trap to race onto Serge Aurier's pass and slot it past Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre.

Capoue added a third in stoppage time.