PSG forced to wait

  • Last Updated: April 27 2014, 22:23 BST

A review of the weekend's action so far in the French Ligue 1.

PSG's Thiago Motta and Sochaux forward Jordan Ayew collide
PSG's Thiago Motta and Sochaux forward Jordan Ayew collide

Paris St Germain will have to wait to clinch a second successive Ligue 1 title after being held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Sochaux.

Victory at the Stade Auguste Bonal would have been enough for PSG, who are eight points clear of second-placed Monaco with three games remaining.

The visitors took the lead through Edinson Cavani's 24th-minute goal but they were pegged back 11 minutes after the break by an own goal from Thiago Silva.

The point was a welcome boost for Sochaux, who remain four points from safety in 18th place.

Lille took a huge step towards securing their Champions League spot with a 2-1 win over Bordeaux.

Salomon Kalou's 13th goal of the season set the hosts on their way before Ryan Mendes added a second.

Jussie gave Bordeaux hope from the penalty spot with 20 minutes left to play but Rene Girard's side held on to claim the result that opens up a seven point gap between them and fourth-placed St Etienne with three games to play.

Lyon closed the gap on fourth-placed St Etienne back to two points with a convincing 4-1 win at home to Bastia.

Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis, Nabil Fekir, Bakary Kone and Alexandre Lacazette ensured a successful afternoon for Les Gones, who made it two Ligue 1 wins on the bounce at the Stade Gerland following their 1-0 defeat of Paris St Germain.

Francois Modesto's goal early in the second half briefly brought Bastia back to 2-1, but their opponents were too strong.

Crucially for Lyon, the win opened up a five-point lead over sixth-placed Marseille in the race for the final Europa League spot.

Dimitar Berbatov made sure Paris St Germain still had work to do on Sunday after the veteran striker inspired Monaco to a 4-1 win at relegated Ajaccio on Saturday.

Defeat for Monaco would have handed PSG the title and, after a goalless first period, the capital club might have sensed their celebrations could come early.

Ajaccio had enjoyed dominant periods in the first half only for Berbatov to take the game away shortly after the re-start. The Bulgarian headed the opener on 52 minutes before finishing a flowing move to make it 2-0 midway through the half.

Gadji Tallo immediately pulled a goal back for the hosts, but late efforts from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Lucas Ocampos meant PSG's lead was thinned to 10 points.

St Etienne's Champions League hopes were raised by a 2-1 win at Evian.

Benjamin Corgnet and Loic Perrin netted inside the first 15 minutes before Daniel Wass (53) supplied Evian's sole reply.

ASSE had drawn their previous three league games and needed the win to move four points behind third-placed Lille, who host Bordeaux on Sunday.

Evian had Youssouf Sabaly and Cedric Cambon sent off in stoppage-time.

Valenciennes appear doomed to relegation after losing 1-0 at Coupe de France finalists Guingamp.

Claudio Beauveu scored the precious winner on the hour to leave Valenciennes nine points from safety with three games left.

Karim Ait-Fana (79) and Remy Cabella (83 pen) scored late as Montpellier rallied to beat Toulouse 2-1.

Montpellier, French champions two seasons ago, are now a win away from securing safety, but they had to come from behind after Oscar Trejo's fifth-minute opener.

Headers from Alain Traore and Paul-Georges Ntep saw Rennes and Lorient share a 1-1 draw while Nice beat Reims 1-0 thanks to Valentin Eysseric's 50th-minute strike.

Marseille's European hopes suffered a blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Nantes on Friday night.

Florian Thauvin put the visitors ahead after 30 minutes, but Serge Gakpe levelled in the 64th minute.

The draw against a side with little left to play for this term left sixth-placed OM two points behind Lyon in fifth, having played a game more.


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