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Alex fired PSG into the lead late in the first half, but Younes Belhanda tied
the match in first-half stoppage time and John Utaka put the visitors in front
in the 82nd minute.
With Montpellier poised to avenge an earlier 3-0 home loss to PSG, Hoarau tied
the match when he turned a pass from Jeremy Menez into the bottom-left corner
from just a few yards out in the 88th.
PSG preserved its eight-game unbeaten streak, and its one-point cushion at the
top of the table over second-place Montpellier.
The Paris club took the lead through Alex, who scored his first goal since his
transfer from Chelsea last month. He drove a free kick into the top right, but
PSG was only in front for a few minutes.
Belhanda directed Hilton's cross into the bottom right in the dying seconds of
the opening half, and Montpellier eventually grabbed the lead through Utaka.
Utaka reached a cross from Olivier Giroud, the leading scorer in Ligue 1, and
deposited the ball into the upper-left corner. Montpellier was in position to
open a two-point lead atop the table, but it could not hold on for the win.
PSG remained undefeated under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, but will have to deal
with Montpellier for a little longer, as its lone title rivals still picked up
a huge road point.
Bordeaux 1, Lyon 0
Bordeaux, France - Yoan Gouffran scored late in the first half as Bordeaux won
its third straight and extended its Ligue 1 unbeaten streak to five games with
a 1-0 win over Lyon on Sunday at the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas.
Gouffran scored the lone goal off a header to the top-left corner to send Lyon
to its seventh road loss in 13 road games this season.
Bordeaux won its sixth at home against six draws and just one loss and climbed
to within three points of a place in the top four in a jam-packed top half on
36 points, although it's ninth.
Lyon, which lost for the second time in a row and for a third time in its last
five, is fifth and level on 39 points with Marseille, St Etienne and Rennes.
St Etienne 4, Rennes 0
Saint Etienne, France - Jean-Pascal Mignot, Laurent Batlles, Bakary Sako, and
Max-Alain Gradel scored as St Etienne rolled to a 4-0 win over Rennes in Ligue
1 on Sunday at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.
Mignot opened the scoring in the 24th minute, and St Etienne added three more
in the second half to win for the third time in its last four matches.
St Etienne climbed even on 39 points with Marseille, Lyon and Rennes, but sits
behind Marseille and Lyon on goal differential in sixth. Rennes is seventh.