Lille draws 0-0 with Nantes


LILLE, France (AP) -- Third-place Lille performed poorly in splitting the points with lowly Nantes from a goalless draw in the French league on Saturday.

Lille striker Nolan Roux nearly scored an own goal in the 51st minute by hitting the bar with an awkward clearance.

Lille trails second-place Monaco by six points while Nantes is eight points clear of the relegation zone.

"We're disappointed," Lille defender Franck Beria said. "We know we didn't play our best football."

Lille players were booed by the crowd at the final whistle.

Paris Saint-Germain tops the league with an eight-point lead over Monaco. PSG hosts Saint-Etienne on Sunday while Monaco visits Lyon and Bordeaux faces Montpellier.

Late on Saturday, it was: Ajaccio vs. Guingamp; Evian vs. Valenciennes; Nice vs. Bastia; Rennes vs. Toulouse; and Sochaux vs. Lorient.

Marseille drew 1-1 with Reims on Friday to remain in sixth place.

Lille dominated possession in the first half but played at too slow a pace to destabilize the Nantes defense. The visitors had the best chance in the 38th when Itay Shechter outpaced Lille midfielder Florent Blamont but goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama palmed away the Nantes forward's effort from a tight angle.

Nantes felt more confident in the second half and put more pressure on the hosts. Roux struck the bar with an awkward clearance after Nantes center back Koffi Djidji headed a corner across goal. Three minutes later, Lille center back Marko Baso blocked a spinning shot from Shechter.

Lille finished strong but Nantes goalkeeper Remy Riou saved a close-range attempt from Salomon Kalou in the 76th and stopped a low volley from Beria in the fourth minute of stoppage time.