Monaco back in the hunt
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Principality outfit have drawn three games since the season resumed in January, but ended any thoughts of a crisis with an impressive win at Stade de la Beaujoire.
Ludovic Giuly (pictured) netted the all-important opening goal on four minutes, breaking free before confidently stroking the ball past Willy Grondin.
Les Canaris battled bravely but could not muster a reply and Shabani Nonda made the points safe for Didier Deschamps` side with a strike on 72 minutes.
Monaco now trail leaders Marseille by three points and are firmly in the title hunt.
Auxerre`s quest for the title met with a setback on Corsica, as Bastia ran out comfortable winners.
The home side were in the ascendancy for the most part and second-half goals by Franck Silvestre and Florian Maurice ensured they made off with the points.
Champions Lyon also suffered on Wednesday, as they could only take a point from their trip to Lens.
A brace by Antoine Sibierski stunned Lyon, who took a point thanks to strikes from Vikash Dhorasoo and Eric Carriere.
Le Havre did their hopes of survival a power of good with a superb 2-1 win at European chasing Guingamp.
Nestor Fabbri put Guingamp in front on the hour but goals by Guillaume Beuzelin and David Martot capped a superb fightback for the visitors.
A headed effort from a Ronaldinho corner by Mauricio Pochettino gave Paris Saint Germain a 1-0 win over Lille that could well re-ignite their title challenge.
First-half goals by Henri Camara and Moussa Ndiaye gave Sedan a 2-1 win over Strasbourg that goes some way to easing their relegation worries, with Pierre Laurent`s goal proving nothing more than a consolation.
Gregory Lacombe netted a vital goal for Ajaccio that hammered a huge nail into the coffin of fellow strugglers Montpellier.
The other two games ended 1-0, with Sochaux seeing off Rennes and Bordeaux grabbing a win at basement club Troyes.
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