Lyon moved second in Ligue 1 as Marseille failed to
take advantage of Paris Saint-Germain's slip at Strasbourg after stumbling to a
1-1 draw at Montpellier on Sunday.
Rudi Garcia's Marseille were fortunate to escape
Montpellier with a point as Florian Thauvin's disputed penalty negated Giovanni
Sio's opener for the home side at the Stade de la Mosson.
Montpellier thought they had grabbed a late winner
when Souleymane Camara's glancing header skipped past Steve Mandanda, but
Vitorino Hilton was adjudged to have interfered and the goal was ruled out for
offside after heated protests from both sides.
"Hilton got in my way for the goal because I
moved a bit later and the referee saw the same thing so for me the offside
decision was right," Marseille goalkeeper Mandanda told Canal+.
Nordi Mukiele could still have snatched all three
points for Montpellier at the death but scooped over from a free header, as
Marseille clung on to extend their unbeaten league run to 11 matches.
Marseille dropped to fourth on goal difference but
are level on 32 points alongside Lyon and defending champions Monaco.
Earlier, Maxwel Cornet's tap-in and Mariano Diaz's
stunning 12th league goal of the season were enough for Lyon to scratch out a
hard-fought 2-1 win at Caen to blast away the blues of their shock home defeat
to struggling Lille midweek.
Caen pushed Lyon all the way and pulled a goal back
through Ivan Santini in stoppage time but stay seventh on 23 points after their
"They're a very difficult side to play at home,
so it was important to show we had lots of character after losing at home to
Lille," Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said.
Lyon are nine points behind Neymar's league leaders
PSG, who suffered a first defeat since April in dramatic style at struggling
Strasbourg on Saturday, going down 2-1 to the newly-promoted side in a
pulsating match ahead of their trip to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Lyon came into Sunday's match smarting from their
loss to Lille, and took the lead almost immediately, with Cornet lashing home a
loose ball from a 10th-minute goalmouth scramble.
Caen kept up the pressure in a scrappy encounter but
Diaz made sure of the points nine minutes after the break by crashing a
bouncing ball past Caen keeper Remy Vercoutre.
The hosts refused to give up and Santini's neat
stoppage-time finish gave the home fans hope, but creaking Lyon managed to keep
them at bay and just hold on for the win. - SG