PSG Leads French Soccer League; Juventus, Milan Tied in Italy

Paris Saint-Germain beat Saint Etienne 1-0 to move into first place in French soccer’s Ligue 1, as Juventus missed a chance to take the outright lead in Italy’s Serie A.

Mathieu Bodmer scored in the first half as PSG moved three points ahead of Montpellier, which lost 4-2 at Evian. Defending champion Lille remained third after a 4-4 draw with Nice, one point ahead of Lyon, which lost 1-0 at Valenciennes heading to the league’s 2 1/2-week midseason break.

Juventus could have regained the top spot in Serie A. A 0-0 draw at Udinese left it tied with defending champion AC Milan with 34 points. Milan beat Cagliari 2-0 last night.

Udinese remains third with 32 points as the league goes into its winter break until Jan. 7.

SERIE A RESULTS
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Udinese 0-0 Juventus, Atalanta 4-1 Cesena, Bologna 0-2 Roma,
Inter Milan 4-1 Lecce, Lazio 0-0 Chievo, Napoli 6-1 Genoa,
Novara 2-2 Palermo, Parma 3-3 Catania.

LIGUE 1 RESULTS
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Auxerre 2-2 Dijon, Evian 4-2 Montpelier, Lille 4-4 Nice, Lorient
0-0 Caen, Rennes 1-0 Bordeaux, Sochaux 0-2 Ajaccio, Toulouse 0-0
Brest, Valenciennes 1-0 Lyon, Saint-Etienne 0-1 PSG.

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