Lyon roar to the top
A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1 as PSG suffer a shock defeat by nine-man Rennes.
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Lyon moved to the top of the Ligue 1 standings with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Reims at the Stade de Gerland.
Anthony Weber's own goal on the stroke of half-time set Les Gones on their way, and Bafetimbi Gomis doubled the hosts' advantage in the 73rd minute before Lisandro Lopez sealed matters at the death.
The result lifted Remi Garde's team two points above Paris St Germain, who lost 2-1 at home to Rennes on Saturday night.
Bordeaux then moved up to second as Yoann Gouffran scored the only goal in the second half to sink title rivals Marseille 1-0.
Bordeaux had gone into the match in eighth but the win and three points moved them up to 24, one point behind leaders Lyon.
Defeat left Marseille fourth in the table, two points behind Lyon.
Dario Cvitanich's second-half goal earned Nice all three points at home on Sunday to a Toulouse side who continue to slide down the standings.
Cvitanich's 60th-minute effort proved the difference between the two and earned Nice a deserved win, although Toulouse will feel slightly unfortunate after hitting the woodwork twice in the match, the second of which came three minutes from the end.
The result lifts improving Nice into 11th place while Toulouse, who were in the top two not so long ago, are now down to ninth after slumping to a third successive league defeat and fourth on the trot in all competitions.
Nine-man Rennes defied the odds to hand Paris St Germain their second loss in as many home games with a 2-1 victory.
Romain Alessandrini proved in-form Rennes meant business with a fantastic volley in the 13th minute but the Breton outfit might have crumbled when goalkeeper Benoit Costil was sent off after Nene's leveller.
But Rennes would secure their third straight league win before the half-time whistle as Julien Feret whipped in a free-kick, with Frederic Antonetti frantically reorganising his men to weather the storm following Jean Makoun's second-half dismissal.
Aldo Angoula headed a late leveller as Evian fought back from two goals behind to deny St Etienne top spot after as 2-2 draw.
Christophe Galtier's visitors looked to be charging towards the summit when two Max Gradel goals put them in control.
However, Mohamed Rabiu pulled a goal back for Evian two minutes into the second half, and Angoula brought the teams level in the 79th minute.
There was still time for St Etienne, but the closest they went was when Alejandro Alonso struck the crossbar with a powerful drive.
Defending champions Montpellier held on for a point against Valenciennes despite playing for more than 30 minutes with 10 men.
Gaetan Charbonnier gave Montpellier the lead after 15 minutes, but the home side were level before the break thanks to Gregory Pujol.
Valenciennes looked strong favourites to go on and claim all three points when Jamel Saihi was sent off just 11 minutes into the second half, but the 10 men of Montpellier went closest to a winner when Souleymane Camara hit the post with an overhead kick.
Larsen Toure struck twice as Brest inflicted yet another away defeat on 10-man Bastia.
Toure opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and Brest further strengthened their hold on the match when Bastia lost Francois Marque to a red card five minutes into the second half.
It took Brest just 11 minutes to make their numerical advantage count, Eden Ben Basat making it 2-0 from the penalty spot, before Toure notched his second in the 67th minute to complete the scoring.
The victory lifts Brest up to mid-table on 14 points, one more than Bastia who have now lost all seven of their away games in Ligue 1 this season.
A double salvo from Benjamin Nivet rescued a point for Troyes, denying fellow strugglers Nancy a rare victory in the process after a 3-3 draw.
Jean Fernandez's men had only five goals to their name going into the encounter, so hopes were understandably high when the visitors overturned Granddi Ngoyi's opener to build a 3-1 lead before the break, thanks to goals from Sebastian Puygrenier, Yohan Mollo and Andre Luiz.
But when Nivet narrowed the deficit to a single goal nine minutes from time, a frail and stretched Nancy could just not hold on, and the veteran midfielder duly earned Estac a point from the penalty spot.
Sochaux can look at the bottom of the Ligue 1 table with a little more ease after sealing a vital 1-0 win at Ajaccio.
Eric Hely's men started the weekend in the bottom three and in need of a win by any means. That this came via an 11th-minute Samuel Bohours own goal will not faze them one bit.
The fact that fellow strugglers Evian came back to draw 2-2 with St Etienne may not cheer them, though, but they can at least take heart from the fact that Evian have replaced them in the bottom three.
On Friday night Lorient returned to winning ways in style with a 2-0 success against Lille at the Stade du Moustoir.
Gregory Bourillon opened the scoring after 24 minutes and Benjamin Corgnet put the result beyond doubt with a second goal midway through the second half.
The result lifted Christian Gourcuff's side, who headed into the match having not won in their previous seven league games and having leaked 19 goals during that period, up to 10th in the standings - two points behind seventh-placed LOSC.