Montpellier extends lead atop Ligue 1

An early strike from Souleymane Camara was all Montpellier needed to extend the gap atop Ligue 1 as the leaders claimed a 1-0 victory over Valenciennes at the Stade de la Mosson on Saturday.

Camara netted after just four minutes to lead the home side all three points, opening up a five-point gap ahead of second-place PSG. The Parisians will look to restore their two-point deficit on Sunday when they host lowly Sochaux on Sunday.

Montpellier had numerous chances to grab an insurance goal in the second half, but a staunch defensive display sealed the win as Camara's tally held up as the lone goal of the affair.

Montpellier improves to 69 points on the season while Valenciennes' two straight losses leaves the club on 37 points, just four points above the relegation zone.

St Etienne 4, Caen 1

Caen, France - St Etienne earned a resounding 4-1 win over Caen at the Stade Michel d'Ornano on Saturday to keep its hopes of attaining a European qualification spot alive.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a brace in the second half and Max-Alain Gradel added another after Aurelien Montaroup's own goal had put the visitors in front in the opening period. Livio Nabab pulled back a consolation goal for Caen.

St Etienne has won two in a row to improve to 53 points, good enough for sixth place. Caen, on 34 points, sits just one point clear of the relegation zone.

Lille 2, Dijon 0

Dijon, France - Reigning champions Lille remain in the title discussion after picking up a 2-0 victory over Dijon on Saturday.

In an eventful affair that saw a total of three red cards, Lille claimed all three points thanks to first-half goals from Rio Mavuba and Eden Hazard in the span of six minutes.

Lille remains third in the table, keeping pace with Montpellier, while Dijon sits just one point clear of danger after three straight losses.

Evian 2, Toulouse 1

Annecy, France - Toulouse was unable to build upon its impressive three-goal defeat of Lyon last time out as it suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to Evian at the Parc des Sports on Saturday.

Two goals from Aldo Angoula ultimately did Toulouse in with the first coming 10 minutes into the affair. Ben Yedder leveled for Toulouse in the 72nd minute, but Angoula provided the game-winner just three minutes later.

Evian has won two straight to improve to 45 points, eight points shy of Toulouse.

Rennes 1, Brest 0

Brest, France - Rennes claimed a third straight victory on Saturday with a 1-0 defeat of Brest on the back of penalty kick from Julien Feret at the Stade Francis-Le Ble.

Feret's spot kick just before halftime proved to be all the visitors would need as his goal guided Rennes to fourth place on 54 points.

Brest remains in relegation trouble, sitting tied with Sochaux on 33 points but narrowly avoiding the drop zone on goal differential.

Bordeaux 2, Marseille 1

Bordeaux, France - Marseille was doomed to another match without a win as it fell to Bordeaux, 2-1, at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Saturday.

A first-half brace from Jussie powered Bordeaux to all three points despite Jordan Ayew's second-half strike.

Without a win its last 12 Ligue 1 matches, Marseille has fallen completely out of the picture for a spot in Europe. The club sits 10th in the league on 41 points, five points shy of Bordeaux.

Nice 1, Auxerre 0

Nice, France - Luciano Monzon's first-half penalty kick helped Nice claim its third win from its last four with a 1-0 defeat of last-place Auxerre at the Stade Municipal du Ray on Saturday.

The win brings Nice four points clear of the relegation with a total of 37 points on the season. Auxerre stays bottom on 28 points.