Bordeaux beats Valenciennes 2-0 to move up to 4th
PARIS (AP) -Forward David Bellion scored his first league goal of the season and winger Ludovic Obraniak added the other as Bordeaux beat Valenciennes 2-0 at home to move up to fourth place in the French league on Saturday.
Bellion's stuttering Bordeaux career has been given another chance after Yoan Gouffran's departure to English side Newcastle last week, and he pounced in the 34th to put Bordeaux ahead. Obraniak doubled the lead in the 74th.
Elsewhere, Nice and Saint-Etienne won away to climb into fifth and sixth places, respectively.
An early effort from defender Nemanja Pejcinovic and an own goal from Brest defender Brahim Ferradj helped Nice to a 2-0 win at Brest, while striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Fabien Lemoine scored Saint-Etienne's goals in a 2-1 win at Sochaux, which replied through forward Edouard Butin.
Also, substitute Axel Ngando scored a last-minute equalizer with his first touch in professional football to earn Rennes a 2-2 draw away to Lorient in a thrilling Brittany derby.
Jeremie Aliadiere blasted a superb solo goal into the top corner with 10 minutes left as Lorient looked set to provisionally move above Rennes into fourth place, but Ngando finished coolly as Rennes again salvaged a draw following last weekend's late goal in a 2-2 result with Marseille.
"It's amazing just to come on for a few minutes,'' Ngando said. "I tried to give everything for my team, we got a point and hopefully it will serve us well at the end of the season.''
Midfielder Yann Jouffre put Lorient ahead before forward Mevlut Erding equalized early in the second half to atone for two big misses.
With Bordeaux, Nice and Saint-Etienne all winning, Rennes dropped to seventh.
PSG thrashed Toulouse 4-0 on Friday to move three points clear of Lyon, which travels to play Corsican side Ajaccio on Sunday, and six points ahead of bitter rival Marseille, which hosts last-place Nancy.
Aliadiere was one of the most exciting prospects in French football when he joined Arsenal as a 17-year-old 12 years ago, before a succession of injuries wrecked his English Premier League chances and nearly ended his career entirely.
He showed all of his natural ability when he collected the ball in midfield with his back to goal, spun, took a touch forward, jinked sideways past two defenders and smacked the ball into the top right corner from 25 yards (meters) out for his ninth league goal of the season.
Ngando spoiled Lorient's hopes, however.
"We had lots of chances but they still deserved a draw,'' Lorient defender Lamine Kone said. "We were too shaky at the end there and conceded a goal. We often concede goals in the last five minutes and we're disappointed this evening.''
Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti watched most of the second half from the stands following a touchline exchange with referee Bartolomeu Varela.
"You'll have to ask him why (I was sent to the stands) because I don't know,'' Antonetti said.
In other matches, it was: Bastia 0, Evian 0 and Lille 1, Troyes 1.
Struggling Troyes picked up a useful point in its relegation battle. Midfielder Fabien Camus put 19th-place Troyes ahead in the first half, only for 17-year-old Lille forward Divock Origi to imitate Ngando's earlier feat by scoring on his league debut in the 74th to salvage a draw for former champion Lille.
Montpellier hosts Reims in Sunday's other game.
On Friday, PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 20th league goal in as many games, a day after PSG signed former England captain David Beckham on a five-month deal.
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