Bellion goal sends Bordeaux up to third

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PARIS, Oct 27 (Reuters) David Bellion netted his eighth goal of the season to earn Girondins Bordeaux a 2-1 victory over Valenciennes and third spot in Ligue 1 TOday.

The former Manchester United player struck the winner on the stroke of halftime.

Valenciennes had opened the scoring with a Souleymane Diawara own goal in the 34th minute before Brazilian Jussie levelled from the penalty spot.

Bordeaux have 22 points from 12 games, three points behind leaders Olympique Lyon who travel to Paris St Germain tomorrow.

Nancy, on 24 points from 11 matches, missed an opportunity to go back to the top when they were held to a goalless draw at Metz.

Metz, who have not won at their St Symphorien stadium this season, remain bottom with six points.

Olympique Marseille slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Sochaux with visiting defenders Ronald Zubar and Laurent Bonnart scoring own goals.

Marseille striker Djibril Cisse, who came on for Benoit Cheyrou in the second half, missed a penalty with 10 minutes remaining.

Monaco, who had lost their five previous league outings, drew 0-0 with 10-man Caen.

Racing Strasbourg rose four spots to fifth after a 3-0 victory at Lille secured by goals from Eric Mouloungui, Rodrigo and Pascal Johansen.

St Etienne drew 0-0 with Auxerre and there was a similar scoreline in the game between Lorient and Nice.

Fourth-placed Stade Rennes travel to struggling RC Lens on Sunday. Le Mans entertain Toulouse the same day.

REUTERS SZ PM2000

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