Nov 30, 2013 at 7pm UK at ​Stade Nungesser
Valenciennes
0-1
Lille

Masuaku (41'), Melikson (80')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Rodelin (46')
Beria (38')
Beria (52')

Rene Girard happy with Lille spirit

Lille's French coach Rene Girard attends the French L1 football match Lille vies Evian TG on September 24, 2013
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Rene Girard praises Lille after a narrow win at Valenciennes keeps them at pace with Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Rene Girard has praised Lille's spirit following their win at Valenciennes in Ligue 1 at the weekend despite going down to 10 men.

Ronny Rodelin scored the only goal of the game inside the first minute of the second half shortly before Franck Beria was shown a red card during the 1-0 victory at Stade du Hainaut, which keeps Lille at pace with league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

"It wasn't easy," Girard told reporters. "We went through the full set of emotions. We controlled the game for a spell, and then we scored at a good time, at the start of the second half. Then the sending-off of Franck [Beria] penalised us a little but I think the team showed that they have real heart and that we can count on them.

"We fought well and I think, even when down to 10 men, we caused Valenciennes problems. It would have been better had we finished the game with 11 men because we used up a lot of energy [after the red card], but it is a great win and the kind of result that brings everyone together.

"As long we keep the same spirit, things will go well for us. Now we need to recuperate. We have some boys who are fresh, others less so, but we just have to get on with it."

Lille are currently second in Ligue 1, four points adrift of leaders PSG.

Lille's French coach Rene Girard attends the French L1 football match Lille vies Evian TG on September 24, 2013
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