Lille edges Sochaux 1-0 in French league

TRUNG LATIEULE Associated Press Published:

PARIS (AP) -- Lille got back into the title race by defeating last-place Sochaux 1-0 Wednesday to pull within six points of leader Paris Saint-Germain in the French league.

Nolan Roux scored the winning goal by heading in a corner in the 76th minute, although Lille had a bit of luck in the closing minutes as a header from Sochaux substitute Cedric Bakambu hit the post.

Also Wednesday, Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang notched a hat trick to lift Saint-Etienne past Lorient 4-2, and Caen beat Auxerre 2-1 to climb to the middle of the table.

Those three matches had been postponed earlier this month because of a cold snap.

PSG tops the standings, one point clear of Montpellier. Lille remained in third place and Saint-Etienne moved into fourth place.

A strong finish helped Saint-Etienne snatch victory.

Arnold Mvuemba initially put Lorient ahead by converting a penalty in the 49th after Saint-Etienne defender Sylvain Marchal had fouled Innocent Emeghara.

But Aubameyang leveled in the 56th by collecting a through ball from Laurent Batlles to beat goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte.

Aubameyang headed in a cross from winger Bakary Sako to give Saint-Etienne the lead in the 68th before Lorient substitute Mathias Autret dribbled past goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier to equalize in the 76th.

Sako made it 3-2 with a low strike in the 88th and Aubameyang sealed the win in the 90th to raise his tally to 10 goals this season.

In Caen, forward Livio Nabab scored the winning goal with a low drive from the edge of the box in the 76th.

Auxerre winger Roy Contout converted a rebound in the 60th after goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux had stopped a free kick from Dariusz Dudka. But Caen substitute Kandia Traore leveled in the 71st with a diagonal shot.