Ligue 1: Reims go fifth with win over Bastia, Marseille end losing run
Reims enjoyed a comfortable 4-2 victory over Bastia at Stade Auguste Delaune which moved them up to fifth in Ligue 1.
Last Updated: 02/11/13 10:42pm
Nicolas de Preville fired the hosts into the lead and Grzegorz Krychowiak doubled their advantage from the penalty spot before the interval.
Romaric pulled a goal back for Bastia shortly after the resumption, but Prince Oniangue and Eliran Atar sealed a straight-forward win for Reims, meaning Wahbi Khazri's late free-kick was mere consolation for the visitors.
Marseille escaped with a 1-1 draw at Rennes to end a run of six successive defeats in all competitions.
Despite trailing to a goal from Nelson Oliveira, OM hit back soon after with a Jordan Ayew strike.
And they held on to that point by the skin of their teeth as Oliveira saw a second-half penalty saved by Steve Mandanda before the goalkeeper made another crucial intervention in stoppage time.
Lyon returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Guingamp.
Alexandre Lacazette and Bafetimbi Gomis scored in two breathless first-half minutes which was enough to seal victory for the home side before Guingamp substitute midfielder Moustapha Diallo was shown a red card shortly after the break.
Second-half goals from Mathieu Dossevi and Gregory Pujol lifted Valenciennes off the foot of the table as they earned their first win since the opening day of the season 3-1 at fellow strugglers Ajaccio.
Ariel Jacobs' men have plummeted down the table since beating Toulouse in their first match, losing eight and drawing twice, although they took a 26th-minute lead through Pujol.
Although Rudy Mater's own goal just after the half-hour mark levelled proceedings, Dossevi put the visitors ahead once again in the 67th minute before Pujol scored his second in the closing stages.
It was a much-needed win for Valenciennes although the pressure is now mounting on Ajaccio boss Fabrizio Ravanelli following a fourth successive defeat.
A stoppage-time penalty from Cedric Mongongu handed Evian their third consecutive win as they beat Toulouse 2-1.
Serge Aurier fired Toulouse ahead after a goalless first half but Daniel Wass equalised just nine minutes later and it looked as though the points were going to be shared.
But in the second minute of time-added-on, Mongongu was felled inside in the area and he picked himself off the floor to fire past Ali Ahamada and seal the win.
Sochaux and St Etienne both had a player sent off as they played out a goalless draw.
St Etienne were reduced to 10 men for the second successive week on 27 minutes when Kurt Zouma, who had earlier cleared a Joseph Lopy header off the line, delivered a crunching tackle on Thomas Guerbert.
Last-placed Sochaux pushed for a winner until Petrus Boumal was handed his second caution 18 minutes from the end.