Ligue 1 Round 13 Results: Marseille fail to capitalise on PSG slip as Lyon take top spot
Elie Baup's men have won just one of their last six league games, as they fell once more on Sunday. Elsewhere, Lille were defeated, and Montpellier held in Valenciennes
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, SC Bastia, Stade Brestois 29, Stade de Reims, Toulouse FC, Valenciennes FC, ESTAC Troyes vs AS Nancy-Lorraine, Stade Brestois 29 vs SC Bastia, Bordeaux vs Olympique de Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais vs Stade de Reims, AC Ajaccio vs FC Sochaux, Evian Thonon Gaillard vs AS Saint-Etienne, Valenciennes FC vs Montpellier HSC, OGC Nice vs Toulouse FC, FC Lorient vs LOSC Lille Métropole
|Lorient recovered from a two-month winless streak, to beat Lille 2-0 in Brittany.
The Breton side had conceded 16 goals in their last four games, but were rather more defensively astute against les Dogues, and took the lead when Gregory Bourillon headed in Yann Jouffre's well-worked free-kick on 24 minutes.
Aurelien Chedjou forced a fine save from Fabien Audard, but the visitors struggled to trouble the goalkeeper seriously throughout.
The points were made safe by Benjamin Corgnet, who finished off a great move by Jeremie Aliadiere, though Kevin Monnet-Paquet spurned a chance to make it 3-0 late on, as Lille turn their focus to the Champions League.
|Sochaux edged further away from the relegation zone by narrowly beating Ajaccio 1-0 at Stade Francois Coty on Saturday.
The hosts, who had endured a turbulent week off the field, almost took the lead after four minutes when Samuel Bouhours' crossed to Adrian Mutu, but the Romanian divert could only strike the post.
Bouhours had a hand in the opener soon after, though, as turning it into his own net after Roy Contout's drilled in cross.
Mutu was rather luckless in front of goal thanks to Simon Pouplin holding his own, though Ryad Boudebouz would also see Guillermo Ochoa deny him with a number of fine stops, as the opposition emerged victorious.
|The bottom two in Ligue 1 played out a memorable encounter, though the result would benefit neither as Troyes staged a superb comeback to draw 3-3 against Nancy.
Granddi N'Goyi opened the scoring after 20 minutes, after a fine move initiated by Benjamin Nivet, but Sebastien Puygrenier equalised for the visitors soon after.
Yohan Mollo's angled shot beat Yohann Thuram-Ulien to make it 2-1 to the visitors, before Puygrenier slammed against the bar as Troyes were reeling. The hosts were punished just before half-time as Andre-Luiz headed in for 3-1, leaving Jean Fernandez's side in a seemingly unassailable lead.
Guy N'Dy Assembe kept the visitors' lead at two goals with a brilliant stop from Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, but Benjamin Nivet's heroics would turn the match on its head.
The 35-year-old reduced the deficit with a long-range strike with ten minutes to go, before Andre Luiz's handball in the dying minutes allowed the former Caen star to tuck away the penalty and seal a point.
|Brest's superb home run continued as they easily brushed aside ten-man Bastia at Stade Francis-Le Ble on Saturday.
Larsen Toure headed in the opener after a misjudgement by Landry Bonnefoi, just after the break. The visitors were soon disadvantaged when Francois Marque saw red for a rash lunge on Eden Ben Basat, who then tucked away a penalty soon after the hour mark had passed, after Mathieu Sans' poor tackle inside the area.
The win was confirmed late on, as Toure bagged his second, converting after another mistake by Bonnefoi who had pushed out Johan Martial's initial effort.
Brest have now win five out of their six home games in Ligue 1 this season, having lost all seven of their away fixtures thus far.
|Valenciennes missed out on a chance to move closer to the top of the table as they were held by champions Montpellier in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Anthony Mounier's first-time cross was superbly finished by Gaetan Charbonnier, who slammed past Nicolas Penneteau for his first Ligue 1 goal.
Geoffrey Jourdren produced a great dive to deny Anthony Le Tallec, but the hosts would soon be level as Gregory Poujol tapped in six minutes before half-time.
Rene Girard's men were down to ten men as Jamel Saihi picked up his second red card of the season, for a two-footed tackle on Gael Danic, but neither side were able to grab a winner.
|Saint-Etienne blew the chance to go top of Ligue 1 for at least 24 hours as Evian rallied to earn a point in a frenetic 2-2 draw.
Max Gradel opened the scoring after ten minutes, before the former Leeds United winger bagged his second after a fine piece of movement by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Christophe Galtier's side would be forgiven if they thought they had seen the match out, but the Savoyard outfit were back in contention when Mohammed Rabiu reduced the deficit just after the break.
The comeback was complete 10 minutes from time as Daniel Wass' free-kick was headed past Stephane Ruffier by Aldo Angoula, but Alejandro Alonso spurned a fantastic late chance to steal victory for the shocked visitors.
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|Olympique Lyonnais took top spot on Sunday with a comfortable 3-0 win over Reims at the Stade de Gerland.
Yoann Gourcuff had a great chance early on, but Kossi Agassa denied his long-range strike, before Diego saw an audacious attempt fizz wide.
The hosts took the lead just before half-time when Anthony Weber turned into his own goal after a threatening move by Anthony Reveillere.
Grzegorz Krychowiak's mis-cued clearance led to Bafetimbi Gomis netting to double the advantage, before captain Lisandro Lopez sealed the win with a fine chip as Remi Garde's side moved to the summit.
|Nice grabbed their second win this season with a hard-working 1-0 victory over Toulouse, who now have lost their last two games on the trot.
Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro slammed a decent chance onto the post, as Toulouse dominated the early proceedings at Stade du Rey, but after the break, les Aiglons stepped up their efforts.
They were rewarded when the deadlock was broken on the hour mark. Dario Cvitanich latched onto Eric Bautheac's set piece to turn it past Ali Ahamada.
Daniel Braaten's header in the dying stages hit the woodwork as Alain Casanova's men were frustratingly defeated.
|Olympiqe de Marseille's 35-year winless run at Stade Chaban-Delmas continued with a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Bordeaux on Sunday evening.
Andre Ayew - deployed as the only striker thanks to a number of injuries and suspensions - wasted a brilliant chance early on in the match.
After a drab and turgid first period, the hosts were in the ascendancy, as a low cross from the left was slid in by Yoan Gouffran, who ghosted behind the defender to sweep the ball past Steve Mandanda.
Given that PSG had slipped up on Saturday, OM failed to produce the urgency as they were surprisingly kept at arm's length by a solid Bordeaux defence who were not troubled.
Fabrice Apruzesse, a 27-year-old playing in the fourth tier last season, came on for the injured Mathieu Valbuena, but not even he could add the fairytale debut goal as OM slipped to third place, but the visitors have a game in hand.
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