Ligue 1 round-up
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Le Mans surprised Paris Saint Germain while Nice defeated Monaco 2-0.
Le Mans continued their fine season with a 1-0 win at Paris Saint Germain on Saturday.
One of Ligue 1's surprise packages replaced PSG in fifth with victory at Parc des Princes.
The winner was scored in just the fifth minute when Cedric Faure netted and the visitors held on to claim a notable scalp.
Second place Bordeaux, meanwhile, kept up their pursuit of Lyon with a 2-0 win at Ajaccio.
Marouane Chamakh and Denilson claiming the spoils with strikes either side of the interval.
Auxerre slipped to a surprise defeat at Sochaux who started the day fourth from bottom.
Beli-Moumouni Dagano caught the visitors cold in the second minute with a goal and that proved enough to claim all three points.
Lille took advantage of Jacque Santini's side's defeat by recording a 2-0 win at St Etienne.
Mathieu Debuchy gave the visitors the lead at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard with a 42nd minute strike.
Abdulkader Keita added to the scoreline shortly after the hour mark and that proved sufficient to resist the challenge of the hosts.
Rennes were the big movers in Ligue 1 climbing four places to 12th after a 4-1 thrashing of Lens.
John Utaka was the name on everyone's lips at Stade de la Route-de-Lorient after the striker claimed the match ball with a hat-trick.
Utaka claimed his first goal in the 38th minute and added to his tally moments before the interval.
Olivier Monterrubio then got in on the act by notching in the 73rd minute before Utaka completed his treble six minutes later.
Lens earned a late consolation through Daniel Cousins's strike two minutes into time added on at the end of the match.
At the bottom of the table Strasbourg's survival hopes received a timely shot in the arm with a 2-1 win at Toulouse.
Pontus Farnerud gave the visitors an early lead when he finished in the fifth minute.
A penalty presented Yacine Abdessadki with the opportunity to double his side's lead and that he duly did so in the 59th minute.
Troyes are the side Racing will hope to catch after the hosts lost 1-0 to Nancy with Moncef Zerka the 62nd minute matchwinner.
Earlier in the day, Nice claimed a 2-0 win over Monaco.
The win sees the hosts leapfrog ASM and climb to eighth in the league.
Manchester United man David Bellion, on a season's loan at Stade Municipal du Ray, was the first player to get his name on the scoresheet when he converted an eighth minute penalty.
The match remained in the balance until Bakari Kone claimed the decisive second goal 12 minutes from time.
Francesco Guidolin's visitors have now won just one of their last eight matches while Nice's victory is their fourth in five games.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Ajaccio 0-2 Bordeaux
Nice 2-0 Monaco
Paris Saint Germain 0-1 Le Mans
Rennes 4-1 Lens
Sochaux 1-0 Auxerre
St Etienne 0-2 Lille
Toulouse 1-2 Strasbourg
Troyes 0-1 Nancy