Becks bids farewell to Paris

A review of the weekend's action in France's Ligue 1 as David Beckham made an emotional farewell.

Last Updated: 19/05/13 at 20:11 Post Comment

Beckham: Emotional farewell

Beckham: Emotional farewell

David Beckham rolled back the years with a vintage performance in what appeared to be the final match of a decorated career as Paris St Germain celebrated their Ligue 1 title triumph with a 3-1 victory over already-relegated Brest.

Beckham announced he would retire at the end of this season in midweek and was on aturday night handed the captain's armband before producing a display worthy of his peak years, which included an assist, if not a goal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic threatened to overshadow the former England skipper's night with a double in between Blaise Matuidi's strike in the first half, but it was clear to see this evening belonged to Beckham.

There is an outside chance he will play in PSG's final match at Lorient next Sunday, but the 38-year-old made a perhaps telling emotional exit in the 82nd minute by hugging most of his team-mates to a standing ovation from all at the Parc des Princes before making way for Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Lyon overcame the second-half dismissal of Maxime Gonalons to snatch a 1-1 draw at Nice on Sunday and keep themselves in pole position for the final Champions League spot.

With just three points separating the teams at the start of play, Nice cranked up the pressure on their opponents when Dario Cvitanich scored from the penalty spot.

A red card for Gonalons then gave Les Gones even greater cause for concern but they responded immediately with a magical free-kick from Clement Grenier.

The result ensures Lyon remain third in the table and with a two-point advantage over the chasing pack ahead of the final round of fixtures.

Elsewhere on Saturday, St Etienne kept their Champions League hopes alive by beating second-placed Marseille 2-0 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

First-half goals from Loic Perrin and Brandao were enough to move ASSE to within a point of third-placed Lyon, whose penultimate match at Nice was delayed until 1500 local time on Sunday due to bad weather.

Victory for Lyon would put them out of sight with St Etienne at least assured of a Europa League place following their Coupe de la Ligue success.

Lille's European hopes remained in the balance as they were held 0-0 at Montpellier.

The visitors could have gone level with Lyon in third place with a win, but instead they had to make do with fifth place and finishing the game with 10 men following Benoit Pedretti's stoppage-time red card for dissent.

Nancy were condemned to relegation from following a 2-1 defeat to Bastia at Stade Marcel Picot.

Anthony Modeste's 72nd-minute strike sent the Lorraine club down and ensured Bastia retained their own top-flight status.

Bastia led through Ilan on 47 minutes and, while Sebastien Puygrenier levelled on the hour, Modeste decided Nancy's fate.

Evian, Ajaccio and Sochaux will head into the final weekend three points clear of the drop zone, with third-bottom Troyes taking their fight for safety to the wire by exacting revenge on 10-man Bordeaux for their Coupe de France defeat in midweek.

Fabien Camus slid in the only goal after 56 minutes after timing his run from the left to meet Jeremie Brechet's through ball.

Evian beat Valenciennes 2-0 - goals in the opening 12 minutes from Saber Khelifa and Fabrice Ehret making it back-to-back wins in the league for Pascal Dupraz's men.

Ajaccio also moved to the brink of safety with a 1-1 at Rennes, taking the lead in the sixth minute through Fousseni Diawara only for Mevlut Erding to equalise in first-half stoppage time.

Sochaux need a draw at Bastia next weekend to be absolutely sure of staying up after their two-match winning run came to an end with a 2-1 loss at home to Toulouse.

Issiaga Sylla and Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro scored in the first 21 minutes of the first half to put TFC in control, and, despite Giovanni Sio pulling one back before the break, the hosts could not find an equaliser - even after the visitors had Etienne Capoue sent off 15 minutes from time.

Grzegorz Krychowiak's first-half penalty helped Reims guarantee their Ligue 1 status next year with a battling 1-0 victory over Lorient.The victory, secured when Krychowiak netted from the spot just after the half-hour, pushed Hubert Fournier's men five points clear of the drop zone.


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