Ligue 1 round-up
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon endured a nervy finish to secure another win in their bid to retain the title.Lyon secured another three points in their bid to claim a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title in a 3-2 thriller against St Etienne.
Paul Le Guen's side raced into a 3-0 lead before 50 minutes, only to see their lead pegged back, setting up a nervy finish.
The thrilled faithful at Stade Gerland saw a three-minute salvo generate three goals either side of the break, as Sylvain Wiltord (pictured), Florent Malouda and Pierre-Alain Frau put the hosts into what seemed an unassailable lead.
However St Etienne hit back through Pascal Feinduono ten minutes later, and Lilian Compan prevented a relaxed finish for Lyon as he struck with just one minute to go.
Monaco saw their title hopes fade further through a disappointing 2-1 reversal to Nice.
The Principality club are now 12 points off Lyon in the Championnat table, and had drawn level before conceding again in their away tie.
Nice pulled ahead through Florent Balmont after quarter of an hour, but Didier Deschamps' side equalised with a David Gigliotti strike after 59 minutes.
However their title hopes surely died when Ederson clinched it for Nice with 25 minutes to go.
Caen staged a determined fightback to secure a 2-2 stalemate against Bordeaux.
Marouane Chamakh and Jean-Claude Darcheville put Bordeaux two-up within the hour as the home side looked to be cruising.
However Caen claimed a useful point as they completed their comeback through Sebastien Mazure and Antony Deroin.
Paris Saint Germain won 1-0 against Bastia thanks to a penalty 25 minutes from time.
The visitors to Parc Des Prince conceded a spot kick, converted by Selim Benachour, which sees them pulled further into the relegation mire.
Nantes pulled away from the drop zone with a 2-1 home win over Strasbourg.
The hosts opened the scoring through Claudiu Keseru on 45 minutes, although Mamadou Niang equalised for the visitors just four minutes later.
To complete the flurry of goals Nantes edged back in front against their close league rivals through a 55th minute Oliver Quint strike.
Ajaccio hosted Lens in what was destined to be a 0-0 stalemate.
The home side missed the chance to escape the bottom three whilst Lens could have jumped to seventh with three points.