Ligue 1 round-up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lille tightened their grip on second spot in Ligue 1, as Monaco won at home.Lille tightened their grip on second spot in Ligue 1, as Monaco won at home and Marseille were held on their travels.
With Lyon not in action on Saturday, Lille took the chance to narrow the gap at the summit to eight points by beating Strasbourg 2-1 away from home.
Matt Moussilou broke the deadlock on 34 minutes before Stephane Dumont doubled Lille's lead on 63 minutes.
Strasbourg replied through Mamadou Niang 20 minutes from time but they were unable to muster an equaliser.
Marseille had to come from two goals down to collect a point from their trip to Nantes.
A double from Olivier Quint had the hosts in command as he netted on 29 minutes and immediately after the interval.
Benoit Pedretti reduced the arrears on 70 minutes and Sergio Koke snared a point for troubled l'OM on 83 minutes.
Monaco leapfrogged their great rivals in the table as they hung on for a 2-1 success at home to Toulouse.
South American duo Javier Saviola and Javier Chevanton had Monaco in control before David Suarez set up a tense finish with a 72nd minute goal for the visitors.
Bastia boosted their prospects of avoiding relegation as Pierre-Yves Andre's 57th minute goal saw off fellow strugglers Caen.
Rennes are firmly in the hunt for a Uefa Cup berth after battling to a 2-0 success at bottom club Istres.
The hosts fell behind to Toifilou Maoulida's 15th minute goal and things got worse for Istres when Patrick Leugueun was sent off on 28 minutes for his second yellow card.
Jean-Joel Perrier Doumbe was then dismissed for Rennes midway through the second half before Alexander Frei wrapped up the win in the final minute.
Lens put a dent in Sochaux's European aspirations with a thrilling 3-2 victory on home soil.
Penalties from Daniel Cousin and John Utaka gave Lens a two-goal cushion after just 14 minutes before Francileudo brought Sochaux back in the game just past the hour mark.
Olivier Thomert restored the advantage on 82 minutes but Francileudo's second of the game two minutes from time set up a frantic climax.
Metz edged further towards safety as they picked up a 0-0 draw at St Etienne, while it was the same scoreline in Corsica between Ajaccio and Bordeaux.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Ajaccio 0-0 Bordeaux
Caen 0-1 Bastia
Istres 0-2 Rennes
Lens 3-2 Sochaux
Monaco 2-1 Toulouse
Nantes 2-2 Marseille
St Etienne 0-0 Metz
Strasbourg 1-2 Lille