Wiltord keeps Lyon on course for joy of six
PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) - A late Sylvain Wiltord strike sealed a 1-0 win at Sochaux that sent Olympique Lyon six points clear at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Substitute Wiltord exploited a blunder by the home defence to hit the winner from 20 metres after 77 minutes.
Lyon, chasing a sixth successive title, have 22 points from a maximum 24 after eight games.
Second-placed Olympique Marseille, on 16 points, host Toulouse on Sunday.
Lyon were not as impressive as in Tuesday's brilliant 3-0 Champions League win over Steaua in Bucharest but did enough to pick up the points from a game played in driving rain.
'Maybe we were not as flamboyant as usual but we did well, showing plenty of character against tough opponents in very difficult conditions,' said Lyon coach Gerard Houllier.
'The fact that we could score that goal shows just how ambitious we are,' the former Liverpool manager added.
Lille moved into third, nine points off the pace, with a 1-0 home win over bottom side Nice courtesy of a second-half goal from substitute forward Nicolas Fauvergue.
Last season's runners-up Girondins Bordeaux slumped to another defeat three days after losing 1-0 at home to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.
The club from the wine capital lost 2-0 at promoted Valenciennes to drop a spot to eighth in the 20-strong league.
Troubled Monaco needed a late goal by young forward Jeremy Menez to beat Le Mans 2-1 for their second league victory this season.
The principality team, who climb three places to 16th, were forced to remove advertising boards for online betting firm bwin.com before the kickoff.
The French Professional Football League (LFP) on Friday banned its clubs from advertising any form of gambling and online betting.
An LFP official told Monaco the boards around the pitch had to be removed or the match would not start.
The LFP ban came after the two joint chief executives of Austrian online betting firm bwin.com Interactive Entertainment were placed under investigation earlier this month for alleged violation of French gaming laws.
Gambling is a state monopoly in France and online betting firms are banned from seeking clients on French territory.
Bwin are the shirt sponsors of Monaco and have sponsorship deals with several other Ligue 1 clubs, including Le Mans, and other leading European sides.