Lyon maintain title push
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The hosts left it late but an Eric Carriere (pictured) strike six minutes from time was enough to hand Paul Le Guen's men maximum points.
Sidney Govou had opened the scoring for Lyon six minutes before the break, but the lowly visitors hit back.
Jean Michel Lesage stunned the Stade de Gerland when he netted on the stroke of half-time.
Lyon mounted serious pressure on their opponents throughout the second period, and it finally paid off when French international Carriere stole the late winner.
The victory moves Lyon two points clear at the top of the table, albeit temporarily, while Le Havre remain fourteenth.Fellow title-chasers Marseille and Bordeaux endured contrasting fortunes.
The Stade Velodrome outfit suffered an untimely home reverse against mid-table Guingamp.
Marseille went down to early goals from Lionel Bah and Didier Drogba and never recovered.
Meanwhile Bordeaux clinched a thrilling 4-3 away-win at Rennes despite falling behind.
Frederic Piquionne opened the scoring for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, but Bordeaux rallied strongly and took a commanding 4-1 lead with efforts from Jean-Claude Darcheville (2), a Frederic Jay own-goal and a Pauleta strike.
But Rennes hit back and set up a tense finish with two quick goals from Philippe Delaye and Alexander Frei.
Sochaux and Paris Saint Germain missed out on the chance to close the gap on the leading pack as they played out a goalless draw, while Nantes sneaked a narrow 1-0 victory over Lille courtesy of a Nicolas Gillet effort.
Auxerre also won by a single goal at home with Khalilou Fadiga getting the all-important winner just five minutes from time against Ajaccio.
There was late drama in the game between Lens and Strasbourg as both sides netted in injury-time as the game ended 1-1.
Danijel Ljuboja saw his effort cancelled out seconds later by a Daniel Moreira strike as the hosts claimed a share of the spoils.
Montpellier came out on top in the battle of the relegation strugglers against Sedan.
Habib Bamogo gave the visitors the perfect start when he opened the scoring after nine minutes, but Ludovic Asuar equalised for Sedan two minutes before the break.
But the visitors claimed a vital three points when Bruno Carotti popped up twelve minutes from time to claim a winner.
Troyes took a valuable point from their away trip to Bastia as they continue to fight against relegation.
Benjamin Nivet produced an equaliser with just five minutes remaining after Florian Maurice opened the scoring for the hosts in the first-half.
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Auxerre 1-0 AC Ajaccio
Bastia 1-1 Troyes
Lens 1-1 Strasbourg
Lyon 2-1 Le Havre
Marseille 0-2 Guingamp
Nantes 1-0 Lille
Rennes 3-4 Bordeaux
Sedan 1-2 Montpellier
Sochaux 0-0 PSG
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