Ligue 1 Round 11 Results: Gourcuff stars as Lyon win thriller, with Marseille and Lille earning wins
Remi Garde's men came out on top against Bastia in a game which ended 5-2. Elsewhere, Montpellier faltered once again, as Elie Baup's OM moved joint-top with a game in hand
By Mohammed Ali
AC Ajaccio, AS Nancy-Lorraine, AS Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, ESTAC Troyes, Evian Thonon Gaillard, FC Lorient, FC Sochaux, LOSC Lille Métropole, Montpellier HSC, OGC Nice, Olympique de Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-Germain, SC Bastia, Stade Brestois 29, Stade de Reims, Stade Rennais FC, Toulouse FC, Valenciennes FC, Stade Rennais FC vs Stade de Reims, AC Ajaccio vs Olympique de Marseille, Bordeaux vs Toulouse FC, ESTAC Troyes vs Montpellier HSC, OGC Nice vs AS Nancy-Lorraine, Valenciennes FC vs FC Sochaux, Olympique Lyonnais vs SC Bastia, Stade Brestois 29 vs FC Lorient, Evian Thonon Gaillard vs LOSC Lille Métropole
|Stade Brest maintained their unbeaten home record, as they dispatched a poor Lorient side 2-0 at Stade Francis Le-Ble on Friday night.
The visitors had failed to win any of their last six games after a promising start to the season, and they would start the game just as they did against Ajaccio last week, going down early on.
Benoit Lesoimier picked out Israeli striker Eden Ben Basat, who fired a delicate shot past Fabien Audard for one.
Alain Traore had a penalty appeal waved away, but in the second half, Alexis Thebaux twice saved from Ludovic Giuly as Christian Gourcuff's side rallied.
Despite best efforts, it would be Brest who sealed the win in the 90th minute as Charlison Benschop made it 2-0, and ensure the three points.
|French champions Montpellier warmed up for their Champions League decider with a frustrating 1-1 draw against promoted side Troyes.
Younes Belhanda opened the scoring for the holders, in a fine attacking move after 19 minutes, as he raced from the half-way line, playing a double one-two, and firing past a hapless Yohann Thuram-Ulien.
Troyes were stubborn, and would soon be rewarded as Benjamin Nivet spread a fine pass towards Fabien Camus, with the latter converting his effort past Geoffrey Jourdren on 41 minutes.
Neither side could force the winner in a tight second half, with Rene Girard's men now focusing towards a make-or-break European tie in Athens on Tuesday evening.
|Lille made it three wins in the last four, as they comfortably saw off Evian 2-0 at Parc des Sports in Annecy.
The visitors were a far better outfit, bringing back the confidence after a poor start in all competitions, with Nolan Roux heading in after a great cross from Dimitri Payet just before half-time.
Evian were poor throughout, and with their fans booing them off at the break, it was no surprise that the 2011 champions moved into the ascendancy.
Laurent Bonnart's pass to Florent Balmont on the edge of the area saw the latter fire past Stephan Andersen, as Lille moved into seventh place.
Rudi Garcia's men travel to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich on Wednesday, where defeat will eliminate them from the Champions League.
|Nice moved further away from the bottom three as they notched their second win of the season at under-pressure Nancy on Saturday.
The hosts went ahead after 21 minutes through Mahamane Traore, who put the Mediterranean side ahead in the first half.
Salif Sane, who enjoyed a decent outing against PSG last weekend fired in the equaliser just before half-time, but with minutes remaining, Eric Bautheac struck the winner to condemn Jean Fernandez's side to yet another defeat.
Nancy sit bottom of Ligue 1 with just five points from the 33 available, having won just one of their opening 11 games of the season.
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|Stade Rennes had Mevlut Erding to thank once more, as his lone goal sealed all three points against ten-man Reims at Stade de Route de la Lorient.
The visitors, who have now not won for three games since their surprise fourth place position in October, were down to ten men early on after Pape Souare was dismissed for a rash tackle on Jonathan Pitroipa.
Four minutes from half-time, Erding struck at the near post with a fine header as Frederic Antoinetti's men took the lead.
The second half saw in-form Romain Alessandrini strike the post, with Reims star Mickel Tacalfredi unable to beat Benoit Costil, as the hosts hung on.
|Valenciennes moved into fourth place in Ligue 1 on Saturday evening, with another fine home performance in a 3-1 win over Sochaux.
The hosts are yet to be defeated this season at Stade du Hainaut, and took the lead early on through Foued Kadir on 12 minutes.
Gregory Poujol fired in fifteen minutes later, whilst also repeating the trick on the hour past Simon Pouplin, with the visitors even considering calling back retired custodian Teddy Richert to help stop the rot.
Sebastian Roudet scored a consolation on 62 minutes as Sochaux sit in 18th place, a point adrift of safety.
|Olympique de Marseille moved joint-top of Ligue 1, capitalising on PSG's slip to Saint-Etienne after seeing off the challenge of Ajaccio on the Corsican island on Sunday.
Chakir Belghazouani enjoyed a decent first-half, having seen his effort saved by captain Steve Mandanda, with Adrian Mutu providing the delightful ball.
Ricardo Faty almost turned a loose ball past his own goalkeeper under pressure from Andre Ayew, but the Ghanaian struck in the second half with his first Ligue 1 goal of the season, taking advantage of a defensive lapse by Mehdi Mostefa.
Despite Ajaccio resistance, it would be substitute and younger brother Jordan Ayew who sealed the win minutes from the end, as OM took the title initiative, and sit level with PSG, with the bonus of a game in hand.
|Olympique Lyonnais came out on top in a thrilling 5-2 victory over a spirited Bastia side at Stade Gerland. The match ended with two red cards and three penalties surprisingly.
Yoann Gourcuff returned to star for the hosts, in his first league start since mid-August, and proved to be the difference as Lyon surged into a 2-0 lead thanks to Maxime Gonalons, and a fantastic strike by Alexandre Lacazette.
Chaos ensued as Bastia roared back. Firstly, Wahib Khazri immediately reduced the deficit, after converting from Yannick Cahuzac's weighted pass, before Dejan Lovren saw red for bringing down Florian Thauvin seconds later, as Jerome Rothen tucked away the penalty to make it 2-2. Gourcuff slammed against the bar, only for Lisandro's tap-in to be ruled out.
In the second half, Fathi Harek was shown a second yellow after being stretchered off after causing himself injury in the foul on Lacazette, before Lisandro made it 3-2 from the spot.
Jimmy Briand struck Lyon' fourth and another penalty from Steed Malbranque - both in stoppage time ensured an entertaining win for OL ahead of the Europa League clash against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.
|Toulouse frustratingly missed out on the chance to join Marseille and PSG at the top of the table, as they were beaten by Bordeaux in a dull Garonne derby on Sunday evening.
Jaroslav Plasil and Benoit Tremoulinas were the liveliest players in a competitive first half, which only sprung into action when Ali Ahamada produced a fine double stop to deny Gregory Sertic.
After the break, the game was noticeably cagey, though Etienne Capoue was defensively solid in denying les Girondins.
Yann Gouffran tested Ahamada, before finally beating the France U21 goalkeeper late on, latching onto Plasil's measured pass in the 87th minute to steal victory.
Bordeaux focus now on Europa League duty against Maritimo, whilst Alain Casanova will lament his side's late capitulation.
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