French Ligue One Roundup, Feb. 12
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored twice in Marseille’s 2-1 win over Sochaux on Saturday, helping his team snatch second place in the French league.
Marseille trails leader Lille by three points. Rennes could leapfrog Marseille into second place if it beats Nice on Sunday.
Ideye Brown headed in a cross from Maxime Josse to give Sochaux the lead in the 43rd minute and raise his tally to 10 goals this season.
But Gignac equalized with a curling shot on the stroke of halftime before volleying home a cross from Loic Remy in the 70th for the winning goal.
Gignac might have turned a corner as he had only three league goals before this match.
The Marseille forward seemed to crumble under the weight of expectations when Mamadou Niang departed last year for Fenerbahce. Niang was the top striker in the league last season.
Also on Saturday, it was: Paris Saint-Germain 0, Lens 0; Saint-Etienne 1, Lyon 4; Arles-Avignon 0, Montpellier 0; Bordeaux 1, Caen 2; Monaco 3, Lorient 1; Nancy 3, Auxerre 1.
PSG could not find the net against lowly Lens and slipped to third place, one point behind Marseille.
Lyon came from behind to thrash Saint-Etienne and go level on points with PSG in the standings.
United States defender Carlos Bocanegra surged at the near post to flick home a free kick from Saint-Etienne forward Dimitri Payet in the 13th.
But Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis equalized with a spinning shot in the 28th after the Saint-Etienne defense poorly cleared a corner from France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff.
Lyon took the lead with an own-goal from Moustapha Bayal on a corner kick from Gourcuff. A header from Lyon centerback Cris bounced off Bayal and into the net in the 40th.
Brazilian winger Michel Bastos made it 3-1 by intercepting a headed pass from Bayal to slip the ball past goalkeeper Jeremie Janot in the 69th.
Jimmy Briand rounded off the scoring in injury time, tucking home a cross from Argentine forward Cesar Delgado.
Midfielder Romain Hamouma outjumped the Bordeaux defense to power home a header and give Caen the win in the last minute of regulation time.
Kandia Traore beat goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso on a counterattack led by Hamouma in the 10th.
But Anthony Modeste notched his ninth goal this season to equalize for Bordeaux in the 49th. Modeste was the second most prolific striker last season in the second division, scoring 20 goals for Angers.
Mid-table Bordeaux lost ground in the race for a European spot while Caen moved away from the relegation zone.
In Monaco, defender Igor Lolo opened the scoring for the hosts with a bouncing shot after three minutes.
France international Kevin Gameiro leveled for Lorient in the 22nd with a first-time strike into the top corner off a long pass from Morgan Amalfitano.
Thomas Mangani outpaced the Lorient defense to give Monaco a 2-1 lead by beating goalkeeper Fabien Audard in the 56th.
South Korea midfielder Park Chu-young sealed the win in stoppage time by converting a penalty kick after Lorient defender Jeremy Morel fouled Jean-Jacques Gosso.
In Nancy, Julien Feret put Nancy ahead with a half-volley after eight minutes.
Alexandre Cuvillier chested down a cross from Feret to fire home and double the lead in the 14th before Youssouf Hadji added a third goal from close range in the 47th.
Poland forward Ireneusz Jelen capitalized on a blunder from the Nancy defense to pull one back for Auxerre in the 55th.
On Sunday, Brest visits Valenciennes and Lille faces Toulouse.