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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Ten-man PSG stays top in France after tie

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Paris St Germain remained top of Ligue 1 on goal difference from Marseille after it managed to secure a draw at Montpellier despite having to play with 10 men for 80 minutes.

Mamadou Sakho was given a straight red card for pulling down Gaetan Charbonnier as last man after 10 minutes. But it was PSG who went ahead nine minutes before halftime through Maxwell.

Reigning champions Montpellier leveled through Remy Cabella 13 minutes after halftime before it, too, was reduced to 10 men when Younes Belhanda was sent off for his second yellow card with 26 minutes left.

Marseille was also held earlier Sunday as Fabrice Abriel's late volley rescued a point for Nice after it twice fell behind at the Stade Velodrome.

The Ligue 1 leaders went into the match level on points with Paris St Germain and took the lead just before the break through Andre Ayew.

Dario Cvitanich evened the scores six minutes after the restart and although Mathieu Valbuena, who missed a first half spot kick, put Marseille back in front Abriel was on hand two minutes from time to deny his former club victory.

Sloan Privat denied Lyon the chance to go top of the table after his second-half goal earned Sochaux a valuable 1-1 draw.

Maxime Gonalons' goal halfway through the first half put Les Gones on course for the summit.

But they remain a point back after the hosts rallied and Privat's cool finish saw Les Lionceaux match 17th-placed Evian on 11 points in their bid to escape the drop.

Bordeaux capped a potentially season-defining week with a thumping win at mid-table Lorient.

Francis Gillot's team ended a six-game winless run with a late win over high-flying Toulouse last weekend before strengthening its Europa League tilt in midweek with a 1-0 success over Maritimo.

Sunday's victory came far more emphatically as first-half strikes from Jussie and Ludovic Obraniak set Toulouse on its way before Henri Saivet and Yoan Gouffran added the gloss after the break.

It meant Bordeaux, for all its problems at the start of the season, leapt up to sixth in the table just two points behind the leading pair.

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