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Marseiile's title hopes in tatters as Lens are relegated

Varane: Late equaliser did not save Lens from relegation

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Marseille's title hopes were effectively dashed on a dramatic day of action in France, as Lens suffered relegation from Ligue 1 and Nancy boosted their survival hopes.

Marseille started the day four points behind leaders Lille and needed to beat Lorient to apply pressure, but they could only draw 2-2.

Loic Remy opened the scoring for Marseille, only for Lorient to respond through Lamine Kone and Kevin Gameiro.

Andre-Pierre Gignac salvaged a late equaliser for Marseille but the result leaves Lille, who won the Coupe de France on Saturday, firmly in pole position to claim a domestic double.

Lens have been languishing in the bottom three for much of the campaign and any faint hopes they retained of pulling clear were finally extinguished on Sunday following a 1-1 draw at Monaco.

Raphael Varane struck a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors, cancelling out Benjamin Moukandjo's 15th-minute opener, but it was not enough for Lens.

The result saw them slip seven points behind fourth-bottom Nancy - who were 3-0 winners against fellow strugglers Nice - with two games remaining.

Youssouf Hadji, Pascal Berenguer and substitute Bakaye Traore were the men on target as Nancy claimed a precious win, aided by the second-half dismissal of Renato Civelli.

Nancy's victory moved them out of the drop zone at the expense of Monaco.

At the other end of the table, out-of-sorts Rennes moved a big step closer to securing Europa League qualification with a 2-1 win at St Etienne which severely dented the hosts' hopes of European football.

Victor Montano's early strike had the visitors ahead and Jerome Leroy restored their advantage just before half-time after Bakary Sako had restored parity.

Back at the bottom, Caen climbed three points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 home win over Montpellier thanks to goals from Romain Hamouma and substitute Kandia Traore.

A late equaliser denied Valenciennes the win that could have all but assured them of their Ligue 1 status as they drew 1-1 with fellow relegation battlers Auxerre.

It was against the run of play that the hosts took an 80th-minute lead through Foued Kadir, but three minutes from time Jo-Gook Jung headed home the leveller.

Toulouse also blew another golden chance to secure their survival as Kamel Ghilas' 20th-minute strike handed relegated Arles a 1-0 triumph - only their second win of the season in Avignon.