Paris Saint-Germain have put the pressure on Montpellier to get a result in a tough fixture away to Rennes on Monday, but they took a roundabout route to doing so. Valenciennes took an early lead on PSG, but Carlo Ancelotti's team fought back in a seven-goal thriller. Elsewhere in France, Ajaccio got pulled back into the relegation race while Lyon failed to solidify their grip on fourth place.
Paris Saint-Germain 4-3 Valenciennes
Valenciennes has been impressive this season with two wins over Lyon, a win over Montpellier, a draw with Lille and two draws with Marseille, but they couldn't hold onto a lead against PSG on Saturday. They stunningly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 11 minutes, but Nene answered with a goal in the 14th minute to stop the bleeding for PSG.
PSG closed out the first half brilliantly, with Maxwell equalizing in the 40th minute and Blaise Matuidi putting them up 3-2 with an impressive volley in the 45th minute, assisted by Javier Pastore. Jeremy Menez scored the ultimate winner in the 58th minute. Renaud Colhade set up a thrilling finish with an 80th minute goal, but Valenciennes couldn't find an equalizer.
Lyon 1-1 Brest
Lyon are already missing out on Champions League and they won the French Cup, so there's not really much incentive for them to put their best foot forward in the league. Brest's relegation rivals would probably appreciate it, though, and won't be thrilled that Brest got a draw at Stade de Gerland. The visitors had just 33 percent possession and two shots on target, but managed a draw anyway. Yoann Gourcuff scored the opener (no really, he still exists) and Gregory Lorenzi scored the equalizer for Brest in the 77th minute.
Evian 2-1 Ajaccio
Can someone please get Memo Ochoa a better job? He made eight saves, but it wasn't enough to win any points for Ajaccio. They went ahead on Evian in the 14th minute, but his defense was still celebrating a minute later when Cedric Barbosa equalized for the home side. Daniel Wass scored the winner with an impressive direct free kick in the 54th minute. Ajaccio is three points above the drop zone.