Ligue 1: Le Mans climb to third after Nancy victory

December 1, 2007

PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Gervinho's second-half goal earned Le Mans a 2-1 home victory over Nancy that lifted them to third place in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Ivory Coast striker Gervinho, who joined the club from Belgian side Beveren during the close season, fired home from a Daisuke Matsui cross in the 79th minute to enable Le Mans to grab all three points having trailed 1-0 at halftime.

Rudy Garcia's side have 26 points from 16 matches and trail second-placed Nancy, who have a game in hand, by five points.

The hosts fell behind in the ninth minute at their Leon Bollee stadium when midfielder Benjamin Gavanon converted a penalty following a handball by Marko Basa in the box.

Le Mans hit back shortly before the hour when midfielder Hassan Yebda headed home from a Romaric free kick.

Later on Saturday, troubled Paris St Germain were still looking for their first league home win of the season after slumping to a 1-0 defeat by promoted Caen.

Terrible defending by Ceara allowed Caen midfielder Nicolas Florentin to score for the Normandy side 15 minutes from time.

The capital side remain in the relegation zone in 18th place with 16 points from 16 games.

Elsewhere, Mamadou Niang scored his fifth goal in three league matches to help Olympique Marseille snatch a 1-1 draw at Lille.

Former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert netted Lille's opener for his second goal with the northerners.

RC Lens, unbeaten in their last five Ligue 1 matches following a poor start to the season, snatched a 2-0 victory at Sochaux thanks to goals by Aruna Dindane and Olivier Monterrubio.

On Sunday, leaders Olympique Lyon, who lead Nancy by three points, take on mid-table Racing Strasbourg.