OM up to 4th edging rock-bottom Arles; Rennes see off PSG; St Etienne in 5th; Lens fall into the drop-zone

Marseille 1 – Arles-Avignon 0 (Ligue 1, February 5, 2011) Andre-Pierre Gignac was the match winner ten minutes after the break from a Brandao cross.

Rennes 1 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, February 5, 2011) Yacine Brahimi notched the winner on 19 minutes.

Montpellier 1 – St Etienne 2 (Ligue 1, February 5, 2011) A fine counter-attacking move allowed Emmanuel Riviere to fire St Etienne in the lead, and Les Verts doubled their advantage just before the interval with another goal from Riviere on the counter. The match was given an interesting end when Jonas Martin scored his first Ligue 1 goal, sweeping home an Olivier Giroud header.

Nice 1 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, February 5, 2011) Nemanja Pejcinovic gave les Aiglons the advantage with 29 minutes on the clock, floating a header into the net from a Anthony Mounier free-kick.

Lens 1 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, February 5, 2011) The game exploded into life 10 minutes before the interval when the home side moved into the ascendancy, Issam Jemaa’s following up his own blocked effort to prod into an empty net. Les Sang et Or’s advantage lasted a mere three minutes as Mathieu Dossevi was quick to level matters, flicking home a neat near post header following a fine cross from Gael Danic.

Caen 0 – Lorient 2 (Ligue 1, February 5, 2011) Lorient moved into the lead on 21 minutes, Franco Sosa got forward effectively from his right-back role, sending a fine first-time ball into the net that was headed home by Morgan Amalfitano. Kevin Gameiro finished the game off, showing strength and a cool head with five minutes remaining.

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Brest 2 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, February 5, 2011) Alex Dupont’s side build some excellent pressure immediately before the interval, and it was made to pay by debutant Jonathan Ayite, whose diving header at the back post from a Bruno Grougi centre was excellent. With 15 minutes remaining, it seemed that the Bretons had squandered their chance of victory when Moise Apanga put through his own goal, but with three minutes remaining Grougi popped up to score decisively.

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