Hoarau's header gives PSG draw in eight-goal thriller

Guillaume Hoarau scored in the dying minutes 4 draw with Lyon at the Stade de Gerland on Saturday.

The result drops PSG into second place, one point back of Montpellier, but the visitors will feel pleased to claim a point from the match after falling behind on multiple occasions.

Hoarau opened the scoring in the 21st minute for PSG, but saw Lyon hit back with three goals in the span of six minutes.

Kim Kallstrom set up the equalizer with a cross to the back post that Bafetimbi Gomis finished off, while Lisandro Lopez put the hosts in front two minutes later with a volley of his own.

Michel Bastos continued the surge in the 40th minute by collecting a failed clearance from Thiago Motta and firing his shot past goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Nene handed the capital club a lifeline just before the break when he converted from the penalty spot to make it 3-2.

But Lyon added a fourth goal from a corner kick in the 57th minute with Jimmy Briand heading home the cross, only for PSG's Ceara to notch his first goal of the season in the 73rd to make it 4-3.

PSG threw everyone forward, even the goalkeeper, in the dying minutes and was rewarded when a scramble in front of the net resulted in Hoarau nodding home the equalizing goal.

Montpellier 1, Bordeaux 0

Montpellier, France - Montpellier moved to the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday after John Utaka's header in the 80th minute was enough for a 1-0 win over Bordeaux.

Montpellier entered the weekend one point back of leaders PSG, but the capital club was held to a 4-4 draw on Saturday at Lyon, allowing Montpellier to go one point clear with the win.

Both teams looked dangerous as Montpellier's Younes Belhanda sent a volley crashing off the crossbar before forcing a good save from goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso.

Bordeaux then went close with Ludovic Obraniak sending a 25-yard effort off the post.

But the breakthrough came 10 minutes from time when Marco Estrada's corner kick was powered past Carrasso by the head of Utaka, handing the home side a fifth win in six games.

Ajaccio 2, Dijon 1

Ajaccio, France - Ajaccio moved three points clear of the relegation zone on Saturday after securing a 2-1 win at home over Dijon.

Ajaccio had collected two points from its last three games and nearly went behind in the opening minute as Gregory Thil's shot scraped the woodwork.

But the home side took the lead in the second half when Damien Tiberi's cross was headed home by Eduardo, with Johan Cavalli following quickly with a second goal after a cross from Fousseni Diawara.

Dijon cut the deficit in half in the 66th minute with a goal from Bennard Kumordzi, but was unable to avoid a third defeat in five games.

Auxerre 0, St Etienne 0

Auxerre, France - St Etienne saw its three-match winning streak halted at Auxerre on Saturday as the two sides played to a 0-0 draw.

Auxerre drops to 19th with the result and extends its winless streak to eight games, with St Etienne remaining in fourth place.

St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier was responsible for the game remaining scoreless at halftime as he produced a number of key saves in the first 45 minutes.

And although the visitors picked up their attacking play after the break and managed to test Auxerre goalkeeper Olivier Sorin on a few occasions, the match eventually petered out with neither side mounting a serious charge at the end.

Evian 2, Nancy 0

Annecy, France - A first-half double from Kevin Berigaud continued Nancy's slide down the Ligue 1 table as Evian claimed a 2-0 win over the visitors.

Nancy has lost its last three games and sits in the bottom three on goal difference, while Evian moves into the middle of the standings after its first win in five games.

Berigaud was handed the opening goal after 30 minutes when Nancy defender Sebastien Puygrenier beat his own goalkeeper with a header that came back off the post, allowing Berigaud a simple tap in.

It took just two minutes for the lead to double as Berigaud combined with Saber Khelifa to score his second goal of the contest with a curling shot that beat goalkeeper Guy N'dy Assembe.

Nice 1, Caen 0

Nice, France - Nice brought an end to its six-game winless streak on Saturday as Anthony Mounier scored early in the second half of a 1-0 win over Caen.

The victory pulls Nice out of the relegation zone on goal difference while Caen lost for the first time in four matches.

Abraham Guie set up the goal with some good work on the wing before crossing the ball into the penalty area for Mounier to head past goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux.

Caen's hopes of mounting a comeback fizzled eight minutes later when Aurelien Montaroup was sent off for kicking out at Nice's Kevin Anin.

Valenciennes 2, Lorient 0

Valenciennes, France - Lorient's woes continued on Saturday with a 2-0 defeat at Valenciennes that extends the club's winless run to 10 games.

The opening goal didn't arrive until the 78th minute when Mamadou Samassa scored with a right-footed shot from the middle of the penalty area, but Renaud Cohade followed shortly after with a second tally.

Vincent Aboubakar's through ball played Cohade into the area and he found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the campaign to put the match away.

Valenciennes is 10th following the result with the team claiming 10 points from its last four games.