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A review of Sunday's action in the French Ligue 1.

Last Updated: 06/05/12 at 22:41 Post Comment

PSG celebrate Jeremy Menez's goal

PSG celebrate Jeremy Menez's goal

A thrilling Ligue 1 title race took another dramatic turn as Paris St Germain won a seven-goal thriller at Valenciennes to tentatively take over at the top.

Carlo Ancelotti's richly-assembled squad hung on for an invaluable 4-3 win, to go ahead of Montpellier on goals scored only, after they had been forced to battle back from 2-0 down.

Vincent Aboubakar and Remi Gomis stunned the capital club inside the opening 11 minutes but PSG's reply was even more impressive as they roared into a 3-2 lead before half-time.

Nene, Maxwell and Blaise Matuidi grabbed the goals and a defining win looked assured when Jeremy Menez added a fourth on 58 minutes.

But there was further drama as Aboubakar grabbed his second with 10 minutes left, but PSG just about managed to cling on for a win that puts the pressure back on Montpellier.

Lyon's hopes of a top-three finish and Champions League football took a huge hit with a 1-1 draw at home to relegation battlers Brest.

Yoann Gourcuff gave Les Gones a first-half lead but Brest snatched a point through Gregory Lorenzi's equaliser.

The result leaves Lyon eight points behind third-placed Lille, who will assure themselves of a top-three finish if they beat Caen tomorrow.

Ajaccio were plunged into relegation danger as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Evian and saw Carl Medjani red-carded late on.

The visitors took the lead through Benjamin Andre, but Cedric Barbosa immediately equalised and Daniel Wass' second-half free-kick earned the three points for Evian, who are set for a top-half finish in their first season following promotion to Ligue 1.

Ajaccio, by contrast, are just three points outside the relegation zone having played a game more than all three teams in the bottom three, and will have to contend with the suspension of Medjani after his frustrated two-footed lunge at Wass.

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