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Montpellier held 1-1 at Saint-Etienne in France

Montpellier held 1-1 at Saint-Etienne in France

Montpellier salvaged a 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne on Sunday to remain in second place in the French league behind leader Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG can increase its lead to five points if it beats Bordeaux later Sunday.
Romania playmaker Banel Nicolita headed in a cross from Fabien Lemoine to give Saint-Etienne the lead in the 32nd minute. But Montpellier midfielder Joris Marveaux took a headed pass from Olivier Giroud to score from close range in the 57th.
Also Sunday, it was: Sochaux 2, Lyon 1; Rennes 1, Valenciennes 1; Lorient 2, Ajaccio 0; Marseille 2, Nice 0; Caen 3, Dijon 0; Nancy 2, Brest 1.
Toulouse visited Auxerre late on Sunday.
In Sochaux, the hosts opened the scoring with an own-goal from Lyon defender Anthony Reveillere in the 10th. Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette leveled in the 14th by nodding home a cross from Bafetimbi Gomis.
But Algeria midfielder Ryad Boudebouz gave mid-table Sochaux the victory by converting a penalty in the 43rd after Lyon fullback Aly Cissokho had fouled him.
Winger Jires Kembo-Ekoko put Rennes ahead in the 21st with a curling shot into the top corner. Valenciennes midfielder Remi Gomis equalized with a header in the 29th.
In Lorient, forward Yann Jouffre fired home a long-range drive in the 63rd to go 1-0 up against Ajaccio before Gilles Sunu beat the offside trap to add a second in the 82nd.
Marseille left it late against Nice. Ghana forward Jordan Ayew headed in a cross from Loic Remy in the 72nd and Remy sealed the win in stoppage time with a spot kick after Drissa Diakite had fouled Marseille winger Andre Ayew.
Marseille climbed to eighth place to make up ground in the race for a Champions League spot.
In Caen, midfielder Frederic Bulot scored a goal and had two assists for the hosts against Dijon.
Defender Gregory Leca powered home a header in the 36th off a corner from Bulot.
Bulot doubled the lead by beating goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet in the 66th before setting up Pierre-Alain Frau for the third in the 72nd.
In Nancy, South Korea forward Jung Jo-gook scored in the 64th with an assist from Reynald Lemaitre.
Brest midfielder Benoit Lesoimier leveled with a curling shot in the 85th but Romania forward Daniel Niculae outpaced the Brest defense to score the winner in the 87th.
On Saturday, defending champion Lille drew 1-1 with Evian.


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:36 GMT+08:00