Gregory Pujol gives Nantes a 1-0 win over Lens

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Gregory Pujol scored in the 57th minute to give Nantes a 1-0 home victory over Lens in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Gregory Pujol gives Nantes a 1-0 win over Lens

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Gregory Pujol scored in the 57th minute to give Nantes a 1-0 home victory over Lens in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The home side should have scored more goals as they had the better of the Lens midfield, but poor finishing let the 2001 champions down. Nantes, who started with two draws and two defeats, moved from 17th to 14th place with nine points, eight behind leaders Monaco. Lens, who briefly led the table after three games, have now suffered consecutive defeats. Right from the start, Nantes were determined to play positive football. Lens however, defended well in the early stages and there was little between the two sides. In the 29th minute Florin Bratu's shot was saved by Lens goalkeeper Charles Itandje, but he couldn't hold onto the ball and Gregory Pujol struck the rebound wide. The score remained goalless at half-time, although Nantes had opportunities to put themselves on the scoreboard. Pujol then redeemed himself in the 59th minute with a wonderful solo effort to put Nantes ahead. The Nantes supporters expected more of the same as the Lens defence looked increasingly ragged. But the home side failed to capitalise, Emerse Fae's shot off the crossbar in the 67th minute was the nearest they came to adding another goal. A 1-0 victory was scant reward for Nantes, but the result moves them from 17th to 14th place with nine points, eight behind leaders Monaco. (AP)



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