The closing stages of the transfer window usually throws up plenty of surprises and the second one in 2013 edition proved no exception as FIFA.com reveals in its round-up of Monday's last-minute moves.
Prior to their next Brazil 2014 qualifier against Mali, FIFA.com spoke to Algeria duo Ryad Boudebouz and Hilal El Arabi Soudani who were in fine form in the recent 4-0 win over Rwanda.
Sochaux are facing two games to prolong their 64-year stay in Ligue 1, and home grown stars Marvin Martin and Ryad Boudebouz told FIFA.com they are desperate to save the side for the fans and the region.
Toulouse leapfrogged Rennes into fifth place, defeating their Brittany rivals 1-0 through an Etienne Didot goal, while Sochaux shared the spoils with Nice in a 1-1 draw.
Javier Pastore bagged a brace to help seal a convincing 3-1 victory for Paris Saint-Germain over Toulouse, while Rennes bounced back with a 3-2 win over Caen.
Lyon's title hopes suffered a hammer blow after a 4-0 loss to Auxerre, while Sochaux moved within a point of Rennes and a European spot with a 3-0 win over Monaco.