Lyon held by Marseille
A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.
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Marseille's highly-rated midfielder Florian Thauvin scored a late equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against Lyon at the Stade Gerland.
The hosts raced into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Bafetimbi Gomis before Andre-Pierre Gignac pulled one back on the stroke of half-time leaving the France Under-21 star to steal the headlines.
The result leaves Jose Anigo's side sixth in the Ligue 1 table as they ended a run of three defeats in all competitions, while Lyon moved up a spot into 10th as they collected five points from their past three league matches.
A Salomon Kalou inspired Lille came from behind at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to beat Bastia 2-1 to stay in touch with title rivals Paris St Germain and Monaco .
The former Chelsea striker's first-half brace proved enough to make it four wins out five for the hosts despite Ludovic Genest giving Frederic Hantz's side an early lead.
Three points helped solidify third spot for the 2011 Ligue 1 champions, opening up a nine-point gap on fourth-placed Bordeaux who inflicted Lille's first defeat in 12 league outings last week.
Earlier Bordeaux made it four Ligue 1 wins in a row to move into a European place with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Valenciennes.
Despite falling behind to an early second-half Tongo Doumbia header, the hosts hit back thanks to a Nicolas Maurice-Belay winner after Jussie had levelled from the spot.
Valenciennes could have left the Stade Chaban-Delmas with a deserved point or maybe even all three, but Eloge Enza-Yamissi missed a second-half penalty with the score at 1-1.
On Saturday, PSG consolidated their position at the top with a routine 3-1 win over mid-table Rennes.
The defending champions had lost on their last four visits to the Stade de la Route de Lorient, but Thiago Motta gave them a half-time lead which was extended by Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Romain Alessandrini then gave the home crowd hope of a comeback with his free-kick, but Edinson Cavani's strike in the final minute wrapped up PSG's sixth victory in seven league matches.
Nearest challengers Monaco enjoyed a routine 2-0 win away to 10-man Guingamp.
Anthony Martial put the principality club ahead early on and after Jonathan Martins-Pereira was sent off for a second bookable offence, Layvin Kurzawa headed in Joao Moutinho's corner to make the points safe before half-time.
Fourth-placed Nantes were beaten 2-1 at home by Toulouse, who extended their unbeaten run to four games.
Second-half goals from Etienne Didot and Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro were enough for Le Tefece despite Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji's deflected long-range strike.
Lorient made it five wins in a row, beating Ajaccio 2-1 to leave their opponents firmly entrenched in the relegation zone.
Vincent Aboubakar's opener for the visitors was cancelled out Salim Arrache before the interval, but Jeremie Aliadiere's strike proved decisive as Lorient continued to move the right way up the standings.
Ajaccio, however, have not won in the league since the end of September - a run of 11 matches - and lie seven points from safety with only Sochaux keeping them off the bottom.
A solitary goal by Eric Bautheac was enough for Nice to bring to an end seven successive defeats as they claimed a 1-0 win over Sochaux.
Bautheac slotted home between the legs of goalkeeper Pierrick Cros after 23 minutes to condemn Les Lionceaux to their fourth consecutive loss and leave them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Floyd Ayite's injury-time goal earned Reims a 1-1 draw at Evian and denied their opponents a victory which would have moved them further clear of the bottom three.
The home side, who beat title hopefuls Paris St Germain last time out, had taken the lead 16 minutes from time through Jonathan Mensah's powerful shot.
On Friday, Rolland Courbis' second spell in charge of Montpellier began with a 1-0 defeat to St Etienne as the 2012 Ligue 1 champions slipped further into the relegation mire.
Courbis took the reins on Monday following the resignation of Jean Fernandez but he could not inspire HSC to victory as a goal from Max Gradel handed the visitors all three points.