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    Lyon beat PSG
    A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.

    Paris St Germain suffered their second Ligue 1 defeat of the season as Lyon bounced back from their midweek Europa League elimination to edge a 1-0 victory over the leaders to keep the pressure on fourth-placed St Etienne.

    PSG, who were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea on Tuesday, were hoping to return to winning ways but were beaten after Jordan Ferri handed Lyon the lead just after the half-hour mark at Stade de Gerland.

    Laurent Blanc's leaders - last defeated in the league back in December - could have tied up the title with a win had Monaco not beaten Rennes on Saturday, but the two results went against them and saw their lead cut to 10 points with five matches remaining.

    St Etienne overturned a two-goal deficit to keep their European ambitions on track with a last-gasp 2-2 draw at Reims on Sunday.

    Gaetan Charbonnier and Franck Signorino put the home side in control, but Brandao quickly halved the deficit before a stoppage-time strike from Francois Clerc snatched a result which stretched their unbeaten run to four matches and will see them finish the weekend still in fourth spot in Ligue 1.

    Nantes' faltering season was given a timely boost with a 1-0 Ligue 1 win over struggling Guingamp at La Beaujoire.

    Serge Gakpe's early opener - his fourth goal of the season - was all the hosts needed to see of their lowly opponents and gave Michel Der Zakarian's mid-table side only their second win in 13 games.

    Defeat for Guingamp left them perilously close to the drop zone, with just five points separating them from third-bottom Evian.

    Monaco kept the title race mathematically alive with a 1-0 victory at Rennes on Saturday.

    A defeat for Claudio Ranieri's men coupled with a Paris St Germain win on Sunday against Lyon would have seen the champions successfully defend their title with five games to spare.

    But Emmanuel Riviere netted the game's only goal 10 minutes into the second half to lift second-placed Monaco to 10 points behind the leaders.

    The result did little for Philippe Montanier's Rennes side, though, as they remained nine points above the relegation zone.

    Lille kept a firm grip on third place and left Valenciennes in a parlous state after Divock Origi's second-half strike earned a 1-0 home win.

    Origi scored the game's only goal in the 69th minute to leave Valenciennes mired in the relegation zone, still six points from safety and hoping the gap does not widen on Sunday.

    Sochaux are five points from safety - despite maintaining an unbeaten record stretching back to mid-January. Goals from Jordan Ayew and Roy Contout in each half gave Eric Hely's strugglers a 2-0 win over Toulouse.

    Elsewhere, Lorient leapfrogged Nice in the standings thanks to a dramatic 2-1 away victory.

    Vincent Aboubakar's winner two minutes into stoppage-time sealed the win, after team-mate Gilles Sunu and Timothee Kolodziejczak had earlier exchanged first-half goals.

    Evian came from behind to beat Bastia 2-1 and maintain a cushion over the drop zone.

    Florian Raspentino gave the Corsicans the lead after half an hour but Nicolas Benezet and Daniel Wass scored to turn things around.

    Bottom club Ajaccio had Mehdi Mostefa to thank for the 86th-minute goal which staved off relegation.

    However, it only provided a 1-1 home draw against Bordeaux, who had led through Jussie's 62nd minute breakthrough - and relegation is a near-certainty.

    Dimitri Payet's late winner handed Marseille a 3-2 win at Montpellier to further boost their Europa League chances on Friday night.

    Mathieu Valbuena had put OM ahead but Remy Cabella equalised just after half-time before Andre-Pierre Gignac handed the visitors back their lead.

    Morgan Sanson then levelled things up again with 11 minutes to play but Payet struck nine minutes later to hand Jose Anigo's men all three points.