Lyon wastes chance to tie PSG after Brest drawBy JEROME PUGMIRE , Associated Press
Mar. 3, 2013 5:30 PM ET
PARIS (AP) — Lyon wasted its chance to move level with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league after drawing at Brest 1-1 on Sunday.
Brest took the lead in the eighth minute when midfielder Kamel Chafni cut inside and beat goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre with a low shot into the left corner.
Lyon equalized in the 53rd when left back Tripy Makonda turned striker Lisandro Lopez's cross from the left into his own net.
Striker Bafetimbi Gomis missed a good chance to win the match for Lyon late on.
The draw leaves Lyon two points behind leader PSG, which slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Reims on Saturday — its second straight defeat away from home against a team fighting to stay up.
"We didn't start the game the way we should have and were punished for it," Lyon coach Remi Garde said. "The good news is the way the team reacted. Brest creaked in the second half but without ever cracking."
Garde criticized the state of the playing surface, which was bumpy and had patches of sand instead of grass.
"It's like playing with a punctured ball," Garde said.
Lyon dominated the second half with Lopez and Gomis going close and midfielder Steed Malbranque seeing his shot cleared off the line. Another chance fell to Gomis in the 83rd but he shot over.
"I was put off by a defender just as I was about to shoot and I mishit it," Gomis said.
Marseille moved above Saint-Etienne and into third place thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 home win against last-place Troyes, with both of Marseille's goals coming within the space of a minute after the visitors took the lead in the 70th through Brazilian striker Marcos.
Center half Nicolas N'koulou equalized in the 81st and striker Andre-Pierre Gignac quickly grabbed his ninth league goal of the season after some good work from substitute Modou Sougou.
The win keeps Marseille three points behind Lyon and five adrift of PSG.
Gignac set up Jordan Ayew for an open goal early on but Ayew missed the ball as it skewed under his foot. It was then Ayew's turn to set up Gignac near the penalty spot, but he trod on the ball as he was about to shoot.
"It's a relief because we had a few chances to score," Marseille winger Mathieu Valbuena said. "If you don't score in these kinds of games, you're never safe."
Marseille is only two points clear of fourth-place Saint-Etienne, which is pushing hard to take Marseille's European spot.
"It's going to be hard until the end of the season. This win gives us a lot of confidence and I hope we can keep going," Valbuena said. "We have a tough run-in with a game away to Lyon."
The impish Valbuena played Sougou in down the right and he cut the ball back to Gignac, who side-footed into the roof of the net for the winning goal.
"To be honest, I hesitated for a long time about whether I should start him," Baup said, praising Sougou's performance. "He makes good runs and gives us his pace against teams like Troyes, who defend very well."
Meanwhile, Lille won for the fourth straight league game as it beat out-of-form Bordeaux 2-1 to climb up to seventh place.
Midfielder Jaroslav Plasil put Bordeaux ahead from the penalty spot in the 31st, but Ronny Rodelin equalized in the 59th and former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou put the home side ahead in the 72nd.
Bordeaux remains in 10th spot after a fourth straight league defeat.