Troyes held, Nancy win

In Ligue 1 struggling Troyes held St Etienne to a 2-2 draw on

Saturday while Nancy beat Rennes 2-0.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Brandao twice put visiting St

Etienne in front, but they were pegged back by strikes from Julien

Faussurier and Benjamin Nivet.

Despite the nature of the draw, a point does little to improve

Troyes’ hopes of survival, as they are four points off

fourth-bottom Brest, who take on Lille tomorrow.

Clarck N’Sikulu grabbed a last-gasp leveller for Evian as they

also drew 2-2 against relegation rivals Reims.

The attacker scored in the 93rd minute for the home side as they

recovered from two goals down at the Parc des Sports.

Floyd Ayite put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes before he

saw red three minutes later for a dangerous tackle.

Despite that setback the 10 men of Reims still managed to double

their lead in the 67th minute through Gaetan Courtet.

They could not hold on though as Yannick Sagbo pulled a goal

back for the home side a minute later before N’Sikulu struck deep

into stoppage time.

Bastia twice came from behind to complete a 4-3 win at

Valenciennes that boosts the Corsicans’ chances of staying in Ligue

1.

Remi Gomis briefly set Valenciennes on their way towards a first

win in six outings but Toifilou Maoulida soon scored his first goal

of a brace to level the tie.

A Gael Danic penalty sent VA into half-time with a 2-1 lead but

Bastia came roaring back after the break, with Maoulida equalising

before substitute Florian Thauvin settled the match with a double

inside the last six minutes – his first goal coming from the

spot.

Gregory Pujol squeezed in a third for the hosts in stoppage time

but it was too little, too late for Daniel Sanchez’s men, who

remain in 12th place while both sides are eight points clear of the

drop zone.

Improving Nancy claimed their second win in a week as a 2-0

victory over Rennes saw them move off the foot of Ligue 1.

Thomas Ayasse put them ahead 12 minutes from time with a

stunning volley before Djamel Bakar secured all three points with a

minute remaining.

Etienne Capoue scored twice to earn mid-table Toulouse a narrow

3-2 victory at Ajaccio.

The hosts led through Jonathan Zebina’s own goal but Capoue

levelled and Franck Tabanou put Toulouse ahead.

Adrian Mutu then made it 2-2 before the break, but Capoue

grabbed the winner from the penalty spot 11 minutes from time.

Ludovic Obraniak’s late strike rescued a 1-1 draw for Bordeaux

after Jeremie Aliadiere had put Lorient ahead.