Marseille join Lyon at the summit of Ligue 1 with victory at Toulouse
Last Updated: December 15, 2012 11:42pm
Andre-Pierre Gignac: Celebrates his winner for Marseille
Andre-Pierre Gignac's first goal since his return from injury moved Marseille level at the top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win at nine-man Toulouse on Saturday.
Gignac returned from a broken foot off the bench late in the midweek win at Bastia and saw Cheikh M'Bengue and Franck Tabanou sent off before his 47th-minute introduction.
Andre Ayew had also missed a first-half penalty but France striker Gignac decided the contest against his former club on 68 minutes.
The win lifted OM level with Lyon at the top, although Les Gones can move clear tomorrow when they face a tough trip to big-spending Paris St Germain.
Champions Montpellier moved into the top half of the table for the first time this season as they secured a third consecutive win - 4-0 over Bastia.
After Marco Estrada's sensational 14th-minute opener, second-half goals from Emanuel Herrera, Younes Belhanda and Anthony Mounier ensured the recent resurgence of Rene Girard's side has now started to gather real momentum.
The 4-0 scoreline was Montpellier's biggest win of the campaign - beating the 3-0 success over Ajaccio only last weekend - as their disappointing start has started to fade from memory.
Sixteen-year-old winger Neal Maupay came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner as Nice came from two goals down to beat Evian 3-2 at the Stade Municipal du Ray.
Maupay was given his Ligue 1 debut in the 87th minute and duly rewarded manager Claude Puel, who saw his side move up to fourth, with a volley in the first minute of stoppage time.
That looked unlikely when strikes from Yannick Sagbo and Cedric Barbosa put Evian two goals to the good inside 13 minutes, but a goal in either half from Dario Cvitanich levelled proceedings before Maupay notched late on.
Troyes picked up only their second league win of the season, 3-2 over Ajaccio to move off the bottom of the table - but came close to throwing away the victory at the death.
Jean-Marc Furlan's side headed into the game having collected just nine points from 17 games, but raced into a three-goal interval lead thanks to strikes from Stephane Darbion, Benjamin Nivet and Fabien Camus at the Stade de l'Aube.
The visitors finally got going in the closing stages - pulling one back in the 89th minute through substitute Paul-Bastien Lasne and reducing the deficit further in stoppage time when Johan Cavalli's free-kick flew in off the head of Troyes defender Granddi Ngoyi - but they had left their charge too late.
Brest claimed their first away win, 2-1 at fellow strugglers Sochaux. Cedric Bakambu gave the home side the lead in the second half but goals from Kamel Chafni and Eden Ben Basat turned things in Brest's favour.
A first goal in six games was not enough for Reims to claim a much-needed win as they drew 1-1 with Lille.
Despite the recent profligacy of Hubert Fournier's team they led with just six minutes on the clock through Anthony Weber.
However, just when they looked on course to claim a first win since October 6, the home side conceded an equaliser to Dimitri Payet.