PSG brush aside 10-man Nice

A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1 as Paris St Germain close on their first title for 19 years.

Last Updated: 21/04/13 at 22:50 Post Comment

PSG celebrate their opener against Nice

PSG celebrate their opener against Nice

Paris St Germain took another significant step towards their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years as they comfortably saw off the challenge of 10-man Nice at Parc des Princes.

Jeremy Menez opened the scoring after 10 minutes, while a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty - awarded following a foul by David Ospina that saw the Nice goalkeeper sent off - and Clement Chantome's late effort completed a one-sided outcome.

PSG move onto 70 points, nine clear of nearest challengers Marseille with five games remaining.

Two late goals saw Lille fight back from behind to win 2-1 at Bastia and keep their hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

Ahead of Sunday evening's games Rudi Garcia's side were up to fourth - three points off Marseille after Lucas Digne's 85th-minute goal and Marko Basa's last-gasp winner cancelled out Wahbi Khazri's 47th-minute opener for Bastia.

A late Bordeaux equaliser stopped Sochaux moving out of the relegation zone but was surely not enough to revive Les Girondins' hopes of qualifying for Europe via the league.

Bordeaux moved into the semi-finals of the Coupe de France in midweek, but Marius Tresor - a member of Francis Gillot's coaching staff - was still adamant they could get back into the battle at the business end of Ligue 1 despite a poor run of form.

However, they could not back up that talk on the pitch as they twice trailed struggling Sochaux before Cheick Diabate's 78th-minute goal earned a 2-2 draw.

Gregory Pujol scored the only goal as Valenciennes pulled seven points clear of the relegation zone with victory at Reims.

Hubert Fournier's men went close through Nicolas Fauvergue and Diego Rigonato in the first half but the visitors would steadily turn the screw and earn all three points when Pujol beat the impressive Kossi Agassa in the 57th minute.

Benjamin Moukandjo bagged a second-half brace as Nancy moved out of the relegation zone for the first time since September with a 3-1 victory over Evian.

Les Chardons have been firmly rooted in the bottom three for most of the season but they continued their recent resurgent run today.

Paul Alo'o put them ahead midway through the second half and although Saber Khelifa levelled just after the half hour, Moukandjo struck in the 65th and 79th minutes to extend Nancy's unbeaten run to five matches.

Jeremie Aliadiere struck the only goal 13 minutes from time to hand Lorient all three points at Toulouse.

With both sides well clear of both the battles for Europe and to avoid relegation, the match had a lethargic feel and rarely sparked prior to Aliadiere's late intervention.

On Saturday, Marseille kept alive their slim hopes of winning the Ligue 1 title with an uninspiring 1-0 win over struggling Brest.

A superb first-half Benoit Cheyrou free-kick was enough for the hosts to claim all three points which moved them to within six points of Paris St Germain.

In contrast, Corentin Martins' Brest remain rooted in the bottom three after suffering a sixth successive league defeat having failed to score in all but one of those games.

Lyon took a big step towards a place in next season's Champions League as they claimed a last-gasp 2-1 win away Montpellier.

Lisandro Lopez gave the visitors the lead after 26 minutes but the outgoing champions were level five minutes before the break as Younes Belhanda scored.

But three minutes into stoppage time Clement Grenier slammed home from the edge of the box to move Lyon above Marseille and into second place in Ligue 1.

Montpellier are now six points out of the European places and that gap would be extended by Nice and Lille over the weekend.


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