Ligue 1 Round-up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon needed a late goal to earn a 2-2 draw with struggling Nantes at La Beaujoire.Lyon needed a late goal to earn a 2-2 draw with struggling Nantes in the early kick-off at La Beaujoire.
Paul Le Guen's side, coming off a 1-1 UEFA Champions League home draw with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in midweek, took the lead nine minutes before the break through Pierre-Alain Frau.
Nantes, however, drew level on the stroke of half time through Mauro Cetto before the home side took a shock lead on 63 minutes when Mamadou Bagayoko found the scoresheet.
Despite falling behind, Lyon salvaged a point with seven minutes remaining when Frau scored his second goal of the match for a 2-2 away draw.
In the Saturday evening kick-offs in Ligue 1, Marseille missed the chance to leapfrog idle Lille after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Strasbourg.
Mamadou Niang's strike in the dying stages brought delight to the home crowd at La Meinau.
Rennes boosted their chances for a European place with a vital 2-0 win at Toulouse.
Goals from Swiss international Alexander Frei and Swedish star Kim Kallstrom gave the visitors all three points.
Bottom club Istres bounced back from last week's horrible drubbing to Lille with a fine 2-0 home win over Sochaux.
Second half strikes from Ibrahima Bakayoko and Nisa Saveljic gave Istres a crucial win in their hopes of Ligue 1 safety.
The home side, however, finished the match with ten men after Abdoulaye Daigne-Faye was sent off for foul and abusive language.
St Etienne heaped more misery on struggling Bastia with a 3-0 victory at the Geoffrey-Guichard.
Julien Sable gave Les Verts the lead on eight minutes before a Pascal Feindouno penalty with three minutes left doubled the home side's lead.
Elie Baup's side sealed the points with a third goal in the dying stages through Frederic Piquionne.
Lens and Nice had to settle for a goalless draw at the Felix-Bollaert while Bordeaux held Paris Saint Germain 1-1 at Parc des Princes.
Danijel Ljuboja gave PSG a half time lead before a Camel Meriem penalty midway through the second half earned Les Girondins a point.
Finally, a second half strike from Bartholomew Ogbeche gave Metz a 1-0 victory at struggling Caen.
Click below for match summaries:
Caen 0-1 Metz
Istres 2-0 Sochaux
Lens 0-0 Nice
Nantes 2-2 Lyon
PSG 1-1 Bordeaux
St Etienne 3-0 Bastia
Strasbourg 1-0 Marseille
Toulouse 0-2 Rennes
Click here for the Ligue 1 table.