Ligue 1 round-up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon cantered 16 points ahead at the top of Ligue 1 after a 3-0 win at Nancy.
Lyon cantered 16 points ahead at the top of Ligue 1 after a 3-0 win at Nancy, while the battle for third spot in Ligue 1 is hotting up.
The title holders took the lead at Nancy on 35 minutes when January signing Milan Baros scored.
Substitutes Kim Kallstrom and Fred clinched the points with goals on 76 and 80 minutes respectively.
Lille ceded third spot in the table after going down to a 2-0 home defeat to Le Mans, who put themselves in the European mix in the process.
Ismael Bangoura broke the deadlock on 69 minutes and Grafitu's last-minute goal secured the points.
Bordeaux were the beneficiaries by moving into third in the table on 44 points, despite only drawing 1-1 at bottom club Sedan.
Jean-Claude Darcheville fired Bordeaux ahead on 28 minutes, but Sedan levelled through Mansour Boutabout just after half-time.
Sochaux joined Toulouse on 43 points after a thrilling 4-2 home victory over their rivals for European football.
The hosts raced into a four-goal lead before Toulouse scored twice in the final stages to bring an air of respectability to the scoreline.
Sebastien Grax put Sochaux in front after 21 minutes and Jerome Leroy added a second goal on 33 minutes.
Grax's second of the game extended Sochaux's lead on 55 minutes before Mickael Isabey netted a fourth on 64 minutes.
Fode Mansare pulled one back for Toulouse two minutes from time and Achille Emana scored another in the last minute.
Close behind on 42 points are St Etienne and Marseille, who both scored three goals in posting home wins.
St Etienne beat struggling Troyes 3-1, with Pascal Feindouno putting his side in front inside the opening 60 seconds.
Bafetimbi Gomis netted a second on 17 minutes before Benjamin Nivet's 43rd minute penalty gave Troyes a chance. Freddy Guarin notched St Etienne's third on 49 minutes.
Marseille took the South Coast derby honours with a 3-0 triumph over Nice, which was secured largely through Mamadou Niang's double.
Niang scored after five and 41 minutes, with Renato Civelli grabbing the other goal in between his team-mate's strikes.
Monaco came from behind to record a 2-1 home win over Nantes, who took the lead on 14 minutes through Frederic Da Rocha.
Diego Perez levelled on 34 minutes and Gael Givet scored the winner two minutes before half-time to leave Nantes in the relegation zone.
Valenciennes and Lorient played out a 0-0 draw.