By Scott Taylor
Alassane Plea scored his eighth goal of the season but table-toppers OGC Nice saw their lead cut to just one point after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bastia in Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon.
Plea, replacing the injured Mario Balotelli, opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Bastia’s on-loan striker Enzo Crivelli equalised on the hour mark, but his side are six games without a win.
Lucien Favre’s side are now just one point behind free-scoring AS Monaco, who surpassed 40 goals this season with a 4-0 demolition of Marseille at the Stade Louis II on Saturday.
Gabriel Boschilia opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with his fourth of the season before a quickfire brace from Valere Germain gave Leonardo Jardim’s side a comfortable half-time lead.
Guido Carillo then rounded off the result in injury time for a Monaco side who have scored 19 goals in their last five games whilst Rudi Garcia’s Marseille stay 12th.
Another team who are hot on Nice’s tails are Paris Saint Germain as Edinson Cavani’s brace helped Unai Emery’s men beat Lyon 2-1 for their first ever victory at the Parc OL.
Cavani opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Mathieu Valbuena equalised in the second half, but El Matador struck late on for his 11th goal in 11 Ligue 1 games as PSG moved back into third.
Yohan Gourcuff scored the only goal of the game in the first 69 seconds as Rennes beat Toulouse 1-0 which saw them move up to fourth whilst maintaining their unbeaten record at Roazhan Park.
The attacking midfielder, 30, scored his second goal of the campaign as Rennes have only lost once in their last seven games. Toulouse are without a win in five games and drop to ninth in the process.
Nill de Pauw also netted his second of the campaign, as his late equaliser ensured Guingamp earned a third successive draw in their 1-1 stalemate at Caen on Saturday evening.
Ronny Rodelin broke the deadlock in the 79th minute, before Congo international de Pauw levelled his six minutes later for Guingamp, who stay fifth and are now six games unbeaten in Ligue 1.
Francois Kamano scored two goals in the final five minutes as Bordeaux game from behind to snatch a much-needed 3-2 win at home to Dijon on Saturday evening.
Mehdi Abeid gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time before Diego Rolan equalised three minutes after the interval, but Julio Tavares put Dijon back ahead in the 62nd minute.
Kamano then equalised in the 88th minute before the Guinean youngster snatched a winner in the 93rd minute as Bordeaux extend their unbeaten run to six games, whilst Dijon have one win in seven.
Florentin Pogba, brother of Manchester United star Paul, was on the scoresheet as ten-man Saint-Etienne moved up to eighth after also coming from behind, but this time to beat Angers 2-1.
Nicloas Pepe gave the hosts and 18th minute lead, but Pogba equalised on the hour-mark before Oussama Tannane opened his account for the season with the winner in the 77th minute.
The win came at a cost as Kevin Malcuit was sent off in the 96th minute but Christope Galtier’s men register their first win in four games whilst Angers stay 10th in Ligue 1.
Stephane Moulin’s side are now level on points with Metz, after Thibaut Vion scored two goals in three second half minutes as Metz came from behind to draw 3-3 with bottom side Lorient.
Simon Falette gave Metz an 11th minute lead before Abdul Waris equalised five minutes later at the Stade Saint-Symphorien for Lorient, who are three points adrift at the bottom of the table.
Benjamin Moukandjo completed a turnaround with two goals in seven minutes, but Vion scored his first goals of the season to seal a point for Metz, who now have one win in their last seven matches.
Stephane Sessegnon was sent off, but ten-man Montpellier made it four game unbeaten after a 0-0 draw with Nancy, who climbed out of the relegation zone with the point.
Pablo Correa’s side are now level on points with Nantes, who managed just one shot on target as they also played out a stalemate, but this time after a goalless draw with fellow strugglers Lille.
Ligue 1 Results:
OGC Nice 1-1 Bastia
AS Monaco 4-0 Olympique Marseille
Olympique Lyonnais 1-2 Paris Saint Germain
Stade Rennais 1-0 Toulouse
SM Caen 1-1 EA Guingamp
Girondins de Bordeaux 3-2 Dijon FCO
Angers SCO 1-2 AS Saint Etienne
FC Metz 3-3 Lorient
Montpellier HSC 0-0 AS Nancy
FC Nantes 0-0 LOSC Lille