Ligue 1 round-up
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
10-man Lens came from behind to beat Nice, while Nantes defeated Toulouse 4-0.
Leaders Lyon could not break down a resolute Monaco side in a goalless draw at Stade Gerland.
The result is unlikely to hamper Lyon's hopes of landing another title but the point will be a major boost to Monaco's hopes of climbing up the table.
Ten-man Lens came from behind to beat Nice 2-1 and continue their pursuit, however forlorn, of Lyon.
Bakari Kone gave struggling Nice a surprise lead in the 26th minute, and their hopes were further bolstered by the dismissal of the visitors' Nenad Kovacevic shortly after the hour.
But Ferreyra Jussie converted a 73rd minute penalty and just six minutes later the visitors struck again through Aruna Dindane.
Cedric Varrault saw red late on too, as the hosts' tempers became frayed.
Nantes moved out of the relegation places with an outstanding 4-0 win at Toulouse.
Incredibly the match remained goalless three quarters of the way in, Julio Rossi eventually breaking the deadlock in the 67th minute.
Mauro Cetto doubled the lead just four minutes later and only another seven minutes had elapsed by the time Dennis Oliech made it 3-0.
Mamadou Diallo completed the rout in the 87th minute.
Lille had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Auxerre, as the visitors' Kanga Akale (55) cancelled out Souleymane Youla's strike (51), while Lorient and Rennes played out a goalless draw.
Gerald Cid (61) earned Bordeaux a 1-0 win over Le Mans and Valenciennes put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.
Valenciennes were quick out of the blocks against Ligue 1's bottom club and were two goals up inside 20 minutes through Steve Savidan's penalty and Rudy Mater.
Joseph-Desire Job pulled a goal back for Sedan on 71 minutes, but to no avail for the visitors.
Paris St Germain could only manage a 1-1 draw with fellow Ligue 1 strugglers Troyes.
Ivory coast striker Amara Diane opened the scoring for PSG early in the second half but Troyes, who climb a spot to 17th, pulled level through substitute forward Georges Ba in the 74th minute.
The result has left PSG at 16th in the standings with just 19 points from 18 matches.
Karim Ziani scored two second-half goals which saw Sochaux bounce back to beat Nancy 2-1.
Sebastien Puygrenier had handed Nancy an early lead in the 10th minute when he headed past goalkeeper Teddy Richert from a corner, but winger Ziani scored twice in three minutes to hand his side victory.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Sochaux 2-1 Nancy
Troyes 1-1 Paris Saint Germain
Lyon 0-0 Monaco
Bordeaux 1-0 Le Mans
Lille 1-1 Auxerre
Lorient 0-0 Rennes
Nice 1-2 Lens
Toulouse 0-4 Nantes
Valenciennes 2-1 Sedan