Monaco denied by Sochaux
A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.
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Sochaux gave new coach Herve Renard's hopes of saving them from Ligue 1 relegation a boost by earning a 2-2 draw against title challengers Monaco after coming back from two goals down.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco scored twice inside the first 10 minutes as Monaco got off to a flying start.
But the home side, who did not really get going until after the break, hit back to ensure a share of the spoils with goals from Cedric Bakambu and Joseph Lopy.
St Etienne ended a run of four games without a win with an entertaining 3-2 victory at home to strugglers Lorient.
Three losses and a draw from their last four games had seen St Etienne lose touch with the top of the table, but a flying start against Lorient helped them get back on track.
The hosts led 2-0 inside 15 minutes thanks to Brandao's opener and a Benjamin Corgnet strike.
They had chances to go further clear, but instead were pegged back by Yann Jouffre's effort nine minutes before the break.
Max Gradel restored St Etienne's two-goal cushion and, even though Vincent Aboubakar pulled another one back, Lorient could not find a leveller.
In Sunday's other game, Lyon required a last-gasp equaliser from substitute Jimmy Briand to salvage a 1-1 draw against Bordeaux.
Ludovic Obraniak's far-post volley put Les Girondins ahead shortly after the hour mark and Lyon's hopes of avoiding defeat seemed to have ended when Alexandre Lacazette was red-carded five minutes later.
But the hosts stuck to their task and were rewarded in injury-time when Nabil Fekir's shot was parried by Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carasso into the path of Briand and he bundled the ball over the line.
On Saturday, Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals apiece against Bastia to maintain Paris St Germain's momentum in Ligue 1.
Ibrahimovic netted twice in three minutes in the first half before his replacement matched the feat after the interval as Laurent Blanc's men won for the fourth successive match.
The thumping 4-0 success improves their goal difference and gives them a two-point advantage over Monaco at the head of the table following the weekend's action.
Lille made it five games in a row without conceding with a hard-fought 1-0 win in Montpellier - their first victory at the Stade de la Mosson since 2004.
Defender Pape Souare scored the only goal of the game early on to send his side third in the table, leaving them unbeaten in their past five.
Guingamp came from behind to secure their first away league win of the season with a 2-1 victory in Evian.
Despite falling behind to a first-half Nicolas Benezet strike, Jocelyn Gourvennec's men hit back with goals in the second half from Thibault Giresse and Ladislas Douniama in what was the first Ligue 1 meeting between the two sides.
Defeat for Evian leaves them without a win in five games and just two points ahead of third-bottom Lorient.
Rennes threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with struggling Valenciennes.
Having not won since the opening day of the season, Valenciennes' poor season looked set to continue when a Foued Kadir brace sent the hosts into a two-goal lead.
However, quickfire second-half goals from Anthony Le Tallec and Marco da Silva rescued a point for the fortuitous visitors which moved them off the bottom on goal difference.
In Saturday's other game, Nantes scored late on to make it four wins in a row with a 1-0 win over Ajaccio in an uninspiring encounter at the Stade Francois Coty.
Alejandro Bedoya's goal with just three minutes left of normal time was the difference between the two sides, both of whom lacked any real quality on the night.
On Friday, Dario Cvitanich scored the only goal as Nice won 1-0 at home to Marseille who saw their title challenge dented in the process.
Cvitanich netted the only goal of the game five minutes before half-time when he rounded the keeper and scored into an empty net.
Toulouse climbed the table after a winning penalty by Martin Braithwaite two minutes from full-time guided them to their fourth win in five games with a 2-1 success at Reims.
Oscar Trejo had put the visitors ahead three minutes before half-time with Prince Oniangue equalising after 58 minutes.
The game appeared to be heading for a draw only for Antoine Devaux to foul Clement Chantome in the box which saw the Reims player sent off and Braithwaite firing down the middle to claim a second successive win for Toulouse.