Ligue 1 Round-up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon stretched their lead at the top of the table to four points with a narrow 1-0 win over Lens.Lyon stretched their lead at the top of the table to four points with a narrow 1-0 win over Lens at the Stade Felix Bollaert.
Michael Essien grabbed the only goal of the game on 36 minutes to give the reigning champions all three points.
Monaco missed the chance to go third after being held to a 2-2 draw by struggling Ajaccio at Stade Louis II.
Nenad Dzodic stunned the home side with the opener for Ajaccio on 17 minutes, but Ernesto Chevanton levelled matters 20 minutes later.
Mohamed Kallon gave Monaco the lead on 78 minutes and it looked like being enough until Abdelnasser Ouadah popped up in the dying moments to salvage a draw for the Corsicans.
Sochaux moved level on points with Monaco with an impressive 2-0 victory at Caen.
Ilan fired Sochaux in front after 17 minutes and Jaouad Zairi wrapped up the win with the second on 66 minutes.
Strasbourg boosted their survival hopes with a surprise 1-0 win over Bordeaux.
Mickael Pagis notched the winning goal for the hosts right on the stroke of full time to inflict defeat on Bordeaux.
Bastia were forced to share the spoils with Rennes after a 1-1 draw.
Fabrice Jau gave Bastia the lead five minutes before the break, but Swedish international Kim Kallstrom earned Rennes a point with a 78th minute equaliser.
Franck Ribery's late goal earned Metz a 1-1 draw away to Toulouse.
Thibault Giresse seemed to have secured three points for Toulouse with his 38th minutes strike, only for Ribery to grab an equaliser eight minutes from time.
St Etienne climbed out of the bottom three in Ligue 1 with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Nice.
Pascal Feindouno's injury time goal secured the home side all three points.
Feindouno gave St Etienne the lead on 25 minutes when converting from the penalty spot.
The lead proved short-lived, as Victor Agali drew Nice level just three minutes later.
The game looked set to end all-square until Feindouno struck in the dying seconds for St Etienne.
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