Danilo heads late winner
Paris Saint-Germain had Danilo Pereira to thank as they edged out Lorient 2-1 at the Stade du Moustoir.
Neymar took advantage of some poor defending to fire the reigning champions in front (8′) but Lorient hit back eight-minutes after the break through Terem Moffi. Just as it looked as though Lorient would claim a point, Danilo popped up to head home the winner (81′) to preserve PSG’s unbeaten record.
“My players knew how to get the job done,” said PSG boss Christophe Galtier whose side are set to find out their Champions League Round of 16 opponents on Monday afternoon. “I think we played very well in the first half and put pressure on Lorient. That’s how we scored. That’s how we created many situations. The players’ bodies are under a lot of pressure at the moment. As much as we were proactive in the first half, we were reactive in the second.”
Lens stay on track
A goal in each half helped Lens win their fourth game in a row after a 2-1 win at Angers.
Wesley Saïd’s close range finish (21′) put Lens in front and they later extended their lead through Facundo Medina (51′). Angers hit back through a Miha Blazic header (87′) but Lens held on for another valuable three points.
“We were closer to 3-0 than 2-1,” said Lens coach Franck Haise. “It would have been nice to have got the third goal but even without it, we had control and Angers were unable to knock us off our stride. We’re high up in the table after 14 games, I hope we will be there after the 38th game.”
Marseille edge Olympico
Marseille bounced back from European disappointment in midweek to beat Lyon 1-0 at the Orange Velodrome.
Samuel Gigot scored the winner on the stroke of half time to lift Igor Tudor’s side up to fourth on the table.
Rennes snatch point
Rennes came from behind to snatch a point in a 1-1 draw at LOSC.
Jose Fonte prodded home to open the scoring for LOSC (16′) but Benjamin Bourigeaud fired Bruno Génésio’s side level from the penalty spot (58′) to earn his side a valuable point.
Golovin stunner lifts Monaco
A superb finish from Aleksandr Golovin helped Monaco to a 2-0 win at Toulouse.
Golovin curled in a beauty from the edge of the box (46′) to open the scoring for Philippe Clément’s side. Breel Embolo’s close-range header made sure of the points for Monaco who made it back-to-back victories.
Nice see off Brest
Nice continued their upturn in form after a 1-0 win at home to Brest.
Gaëtan Laborde tapped home the only goal of the game (54′) to make it five-games unbeaten for Lucien Favre’s side.
Points shared at Clermont
Clermont squandered the chance to pick up three points in their 1-1 draw at home to Montpellier.
Téji Savanier put Montpellier in front from the penalty spot (10′) but Clermont hit back through Komnen Andric (62′). The hosts threw away two golden opportunities to win the game when both Andric and Grejohn Kyei both missed penalties for Pascal Gastien’s side.
Reims nick late winner
Folarin Balogun’s eighth goal of the season gave Reims a 1-0 win over Nantes.
The Arsenal loanee converted from the penalty spot (83′) to take Reims’ unbeaten streak to six games.
Ajaccio stage stunning comeback
Ajaccio came from two-goals down to beat Strasbourg 4-2 at the Stade François Coty.
Strasbourg took a commanding lead early on when Jean-Ricner Bellegarde’s excellent free-kick found the net before Kevin Gameiro’s lob (17′) extended the visitors’ advantage. But a superb fightback saw Ajaccio score four times before the break through Youcef Belaïli (33′ & 40′), Mounaïm El Idrissy (34′) and Riad Nouri on the strike of half time.
Auxerre rescue point
A late goal from Gaëtan Perrin earned Auxerre a 1-1 draw against Troyes at the Stade de l’Aube.
Rony Lopes fired Troyes in front (27′) after some excellent work from Mama Baldé. But Auxerre left with a point when Perrin equalised five-minutes from time.