Marseille ends five-match losing streak, draws with Rennes

The draw helped Marseille climb into fifth place, five points behind third-place Lille.

PARIS (AP) -- Marseille ended a five-match losing streak in all competitions by drawing 1-1 with Rennes in the French league on Saturday.

Rennes striker Nelson Oliveira pounced on a miscued clearance from Marseille fullback Jeremy Morel to fire home a powerful strike from the edge of the box in the ninth minute for his seventh goal this season.

But Marseille forward Jordan Ayew leveled by converting a low cross from Kassim Abdallah in the 16th.

Marseille climbed to fifth place, five points behind third-place Lille.

Also, it was: Ajaccio 1, Valenciennes 3; Lyon 2, Guingamp 0; Reims 4, Bastia 2; Evian 2, Toulouse 1; and Sochaux 0, Saint-Etienne 0.

Paris Saint-Germain consolidated its lead atop the league by routing Lorient 4-0 on Friday.

Ajaccio coach Fabrizio Ravanelli is under threat after his team lost a fifth straight match in all competitions to drop to 19th place.

Valenciennes striker Gregory Pujol opened the scoring in the 26th. But Ajaccio leveled with an own goal from Valenciennes fullback Rudy Mater in the 32nd.

Midfielder Mathieu Dossevi headed in a cross from Pujol in the 68th to give Valenciennes a 2-1 lead before Pujol sealed the win in the second minute of stoppage time.

Valenciennes left last place but remained in the relegation zone.

Lyon moved into the middle of the table with a Pyrrhic victory as it lost midfielder Maxime Gonalons to injury.

Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette capitalized on a poor clearance from the Guingamp defense to score from close range in the 12th and striker Bafetimbi Gomis doubled the lead with a chip in the 13th.

Guingamp substitute Moustapha Diallo was red-carded in the 52nd for his violent tackle on Gonalons.

In Reims, striker Nicolas de Preville put the hosts ahead with a low strike in the 25th. Grzegorz Krychowiak made it 2-0 by converting a penalty in the 44th after Bastia midfielder Julien Sable fouled Floyd Ayite.

Bastia midfielder Romaric pulled one back by heading home a corner in the 48th.

But Reims put the game away with goals from Prince Oniangue in the 50th and Eliran Atar in the 81st to go level on points with Marseille and Saint-Etienne.

Saint-Etienne was down to 10 men in the 27th when centerback Kurt Zouma was sent off for a tackle on Sochaux winger Thomas Guerbert.

Sochaux also lost a man in the 71st as Sochaux fullback Petrus Boumal received a second yellow card for a foul on Saint-Etienne midfielder Benjamin Corgnet.

The draw dropped Sochaux into last place.

In Evian, Cedric Mongongu scored the winner from the penalty spot in stoppage time after Toulouse defender Steeve Yago fouled Pape Sougou.

Serge Aurier initially gave Toulouse the lead by flicking home a corner from Clement Chantome in the 52nd. But Evian defender Daniel Wass equalized with a header in the 61st.

On Sunday, second-place Monaco visits Lille, Montpellier hosts Nantes and Nice faces Bordeaux.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.