Lyon saw their Ligue 1 title hopes suffer a potentially fatal blow today as they went down 2-1 at home to relegation-threatened Sochaux. The loss left Lyon in third place, eight points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who now look odds-on to lift their first domestic crown since 1994.
Lyon were undone at the Stade Gerland when, after 45 minutes of sterile fare, the hosts went behind five minutes into the second half to a header from Giovanni Sio, who bulleted in his effort following a cross from Ryad Boudebouz. Lyon were level on 68 minutes from the penalty spot after David Sauget fouled Alexandre Lacazette. French international Bafetimbi Gomis just squeezed the ball past Simon Pouplin in the Sochaux goal.
But instead of pressing for the winner, Lyon again lost their way and fell victim to a sucker punch as Cedric Bakambu swept home two minutes from the whistle to take Sochaux out of the drop zone at the expense of Brest.
Marseille are a point better off than Lyon, who have dropped out of the top two for the first time since November. Marseille shrugged off having their supporters banned from attending their clash with Nice, which brought a 1-0 success to boost the 2003 European champions' chances of qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League. France striker Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the only goal of the game, striking in the 15th minute with his tenth goal of the season after being set up by Mathieu Valbuena.
In the early evening encounter, Lille won 2-1 at Brest to leave the Breton side third bottom but Lille in fifth a point adrift of Saint-Etienne with Côte d'Ivoire star Salomon Maoulida and Nolan Roux on target.