Last-gasp Nancy hold Lens as PSG slip again

26th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 25, 2007 (AFP) - A last-gasp goal from Nancy's Youssouf Hadji held second-placed Lens to a frustrating 2-2 home draw as Paris Saint Germain's revival proved short-lived as they slumped to a 2-0 loss to Saint Etienne in French league action on Sunday.

PARIS, Feb 25, 2007 (AFP) - A last-gasp goal from Nancy's Youssouf Hadji held second-placed Lens to a frustrating 2-2 home draw as Paris Saint Germain's revival proved short-lived as they slumped to a 2-0 loss to Saint Etienne in French league action on Sunday.

An Aruna Dindane header (17) and a Seydou Keita penalty on 24 minutes cancelled out the sixth-minute goal of new Nancy signing Marc-Antoine Fortune.

But a drop in momentum in the second half allowed midtable Nancy come back and Hadji struck in the final minute of regular time with a header following a superb free kick from Benjamin Gavanon.

After last week's goalless draw at Monaco, Lens, who trail leaders Lyon by 13 points, now have a four-point edge over Toulouse who moved third following their 3-0 drubbing of Marseille on Saturday.

Lens coach Francis Gillot was furious as his side, who qualified for the UEFA Cup last 16 in midweek, let two points slip through their fingers.

"It's unforgiveable if we want to stay high. It's frustrating to lose two points like that in the final minutes.

"We deserved to score two or three in the second period and it was our opponents who succeeded. It shows that very little separates the teams and the championship will be tight until the end," he said.   

Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain's recent wins over Nice and Troyes were soon forgotten as they suffered their sixth loss at home this season, leaving them just one place above the relegation zone in 17th position.

Damien Perquis opened for Saint Etienne with a header after 31 minuets with a bicycle kick from Araujo Ilan giving the visitors a 2-0 lead just before the break following a excellent pass from Bafetimbi Gomis.

Saint-Etienne overtake Lille as they move to fifth.

Bordeaux got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win against third-from-bottom Valenciennes.

Fernando converted a penalty after 24 minutes following a Geoffrey Doumeng handball with Jussie netting the second two minutes from the break as Bordeaux move to sixth place just two points behind Toulouse.

Thomas Dossevi pulled one back for Valenciennes seven minutes from time.

Champions Lyon hold their 13-point lead after two last-minute goals to snatch a point at home to Sochaux on Saturday, denying their visitors a place in the top three.

Sochaux took a 2-0 lead in the first half through goals from Alvaro Santos and a Karim Ziani penalty before the half-hour mark.

Lyon's Czech striker Milan Baros reduced the arrears just before the break but when Sebastien Grax restored the visitors' two-goal advantage four minutes from time, the game seemed to be over.

But a Sylvain Wiltord strike in the last minute followed by Brazil midfielder Juninho's stoppage-time penalty rescued a point for the five-in-a-row champions.

Relegation-threatened Nice climbed out of the drop zone and heaped more misery on Lille with a 2-1 victory at home after both sides were reduced to 10 men.

It completed a miserable week for Lille who dropped to fifth following the result, hot on the heels of their controversial Champions League defeat to Manchester United and subsequent failed appeal to UEFA.

Sedan remained bottom despite an impressive 2-0 win at Rennes while Fabian Barthez and Nantes stayed second from bottom after a 1-1 draw at home to Auxerre.

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