Roux double earns Lille win
A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.
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Lille leapfrogged Monaco into second place in Ligue 1 after two goals by Nolan Roux secured their fourth consecutive victory.
Roux struck first after 27 minutes when the ball went in off his knee before he rounded off an incisive counter-attack 18 minutes from time to shoot home.
The 2-0 victory saw Rene Girard's side move to within two points of leaders and defending champions Paris St Germain.
It was also their fifth win in six games - the other being a draw - and without conceding a single goal and it was Monaco's first defeat of the season.
Bordeaux continued their impressive recent form with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Nice on Sunday.
Goals from Gregory Sertic and Ludovic Obraniak either side of half-time put the visitors in control before Dario Cvitanich scored for Nice with a penalty.
Substitute Djamel Bakar snatched a deserved 1-1 draw for Montpellier in the final minute to deny fourth-placed Nantes victory at the Stade de la Mosson.
Filip Dordevic's 22nd-minute goal had looked set to be enough to hand Jean Fernandez's promoted side their sixth win in the last seven matches in all competitions, but Bakar's last-gasp leveller salvaged a point for MHSC.
On Saturday, Reims continued their fine run of recent form with a comfortable 4-2 victory over Bastia at Stade Auguste Delaune which moved them up to sixth.
Nicolas de Preville fired the hosts into the lead and Grzegorz Krychowiak doubled their advantage from the penalty spot before the interval.
Romaric pulled a goal back for Bastia shortly after the resumption, but Prince Oniangue and Eliran Atar sealed a straight-forward win for Reims, meaning Wahbi Khazri's late free-kick was mere consolation for the visitors.
Marseille escaped with a 1-1 draw at Rennes to end a run of six successive defeats in all competitions.
Despite trailing to a goal from Nelson Oliveira, OM hit back soon after with a Jordan Ayew strike.
And they held on to that point by the skin of their teeth as Oliveira saw a second-half penalty saved by Steve Mandanda before the goalkeeper made another crucial intervention in stoppage time.
Lyon returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Guingamp.
Alexandre Lacazette and Bafetimbi Gomis scored in two breathless first-half minutes which was enough to seal victory for the home side before Guingamp substitute midfielder Moustapha Diallo was shown a red card shortly after the break.
Second-half goals from Mathieu Dossevi and Gregory Pujol lifted Valenciennes off the foot of the table as they earned their first win since the opening day of the season 3-1 at fellow strugglers Ajaccio.
Ariel Jacobs' men have plummeted down the table since beating Toulouse in their first match, losing eight and drawing twice, although they took a 26th-minute lead through Pujol.
Although Rudy Mater's own goal just after the half-hour mark levelled proceedings, Dossevi put the visitors ahead once again in the 67th minute before Pujol scored his second in the closing stages.
It was a much-needed win for Valenciennes although the pressure is now mounting on Ajaccio boss Fabrizio Ravanelli following a fourth successive defeat.
A stoppage-time penalty from Cedric Mongongu handed Evian their third consecutive win as they beat Toulouse 2-1.
Serge Aurier fired Toulouse ahead after a goalless first half but Daniel Wass equalised just nine minutes later and it looked as thought the points were going to be shared.
But in the second minute of time-added-on, Mongongu was felled inside in the area and he picked himself off the floor to fire past Ali Ahamada and seal the win.
Sochaux and St Etienne both had a player sent off as they played out a goalless draw.
St Etienne were reduced to 10 men for the second successive week on 27 minutes when Kurt Zouma, who had earlier cleared a Joseph Lopy header off the line, delivered a crunching tackle on Thomas Guerbert.
Last-placed Sochaux pushed for a winner until Petrus Boumal was handed his second caution 18 minutes from the end.
On Friday, Paris St Germain threw down the gauntlet to Monaco as they beat Lorient 4-0 to go three points clear at the top.
With the division's two big-spenders jostling for position in the title race, Laurent Blanc's men sent a stark warning out as they hit four without star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
With Monaco now heading to third-placed Lille needing a win to catch up, the capital club can relax after three points earned with goals from Lucas Moura and Jeremy Menez, and a brace from Edinson Cavani.