Javier Pastore of Paris Saint-Germain FC during the Dubai Challenge Cup match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and AC Milan at Al-Rashid Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Ligue 1, Week 35: Montpellier Draw, PSG Win, Title Race On

The title race in Ligue 1 is back to being wide open after PSG cut Montpellier's lead this week.

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Ligue 1, Wednesday Wrap: Paris Saint-Germain Back In Title Race

Montpellier could have all but put the title race to bed this week in Ligue 1, but it's still going thanks to their draw on Tuesday and PSG's win on Wednesday. The gap between Montpellier and PSG is down to just three points with three games remaining. In other parts of the table, Lyon got back into a Europa League place and the relegation race stayed a giant mess.

AC Ajaccio 2-1 Sochaux

Ajaccio are now a full three points clear of the drop and Sochaux are stuck in 19th place. They managed eight shots, three shots on target, had 35 percent possession and Ajaccio missed a penalty, so this score is flattering. Someone please free Marvin Martin.

Bordeaux 2-0 Rennes

Rennes are now behind Lyon and out of Europe, as it stands. Yann M'Vila played 90 minutes in this match even though he had a little run-in with the cops a couple of days ago. Ludovic Obraniak scored his fourth goal in the new year to open the scoring and Landry N'Guemo sealed the win with Bordeaux's second, assisted by wonderkid turned game-changing sub Henri Saivet.

Brest 0-0 Toulouse

You know what's going to be fun? When Etienne Capoue goes to a mid-table Premier League team and everyone goes OMG WTF THIS GUY CAME FROM NOWHERE. Toulouse's defensive midfielders were the only thing that was okay about this game being a thing.

Caen 1-0 Lorient

Both of these teams are on 38 points and are four points clear of the drop after this match. They're probably both safe. Thomas Heurtaux scored the winner with an impressive strike from outside the box.

Lyon 4-1 Valenciennes

Perhaps this was payback for the first meeting between these two teams, in which Lyon were putrid in a 1-0 defeat. This one was actually in doubt for a while, but Lyon poured it on late. Lisandro Lopez netted the opener in the 35th minute but Lyon gave away a penalty just three minutes later, which Renaud Cohade converted. The second half featured Lyon pouring it on with goals from Cris, Lopez and Jimmy Briand. They're now two points ahead of Rennes for fourth.

Marseille 1-0 Nancy

Aww, Marseille are up to 10th. Good for them.

Nice 0-1 Lille

As if Lyon had any hope of regaining 3rd place, that hope was dashed on Wednesday with Lille's win. They're two points behind PSG and five behind Montpellier, so they're not mathematically out of the title race and they're not even realistically out of the race for the automatic Champions League spot in second. Tulio De Melo scored the game's only goal in the 6th minute and Nice didn't really do anything to push for an equalizer.

PSG 2-0 St. Etienne

PSG scored the opening goal and eventual winner on a penalty given for a very hard, dumb foul by Sylvain Marcal. Boooooo. Javier Pastore scored the second goal in the the 89th minute from open play. Yaaaay.


Montpellier Vs. Evian, 2012 Ligue 1: Four Sent Off At End Of Wild 2-2 Draw

Tuesday's match between Montpellier and Evian was a hot mess, but it was the best kind of hot mess. And with Ligue 1 title title implications, there was plenty riding on the stoppage time drama at Stade de la Mosson. The result was a 2-2 draw, but it was not your average draw.

Younes Belhanda had made a penalty earlier in the match and Olivier Giroud added a goal of his own for Montpellier, while Thomas Kahlenberg Kevin Berlgaud tallied for Evian. That set up the mess of stoppage time with the match tied.

Belhanda was due to take a penalty in stoppage time, but he pushed an Evian player as the two teams awaited the penalty. That sparked a brawl between the two players, with the players, substitutes and coaches all getting involved. After it was all sorted out, Belhanda and Gregory Lacombe were shown red cards for Montpellier, with Saber Khelifa and Cedric Mongungu earning red cards for Evian.

It took until 10 minutes of stoppage time had passed before Montpellier actually took the penalty. Bebecause Belhanda had been sent off, Souleymane Camara was charged with taking the penalty that would have earned Montpellier three points, but he missed it.

Had Montpellier won, they would have moved seven points clear of Paris Saint-Germain for first place in Ligue 1. Instead, they are just five points ahead and Belhanda could be facing a suspension that keeps them out for the rest of the season while PSG stays right on their heels.


Ligue 1 2012, Week 35 Preview And Fixtures: Just Another Incredibly Important, Dramatic Week

Montpellier play Tuesday's only game, meaning that PSG will know whether or not they're chasing a lost cause by the time their game rolls around.

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