Montpellier beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 in France

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PARIS (AP) -- Montpellier put pressure on Paris Saint-Germain in the French title race by taking the provisional lead with a 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud notched his 18th goal this season by volleying home from the edge of the box in the 89th minute.

Saint-Etienne was down to 10 men from the 76th when defender Jean-Pascal Mignot was red-carded for fouling Remy Cabella who was clean through on goal.

PSG can restore its two-point lead with a win over Bordeaux on Sunday.

Also, it was: Evian 0, Lille 3; Lyon 2, Sochaux 1; Nice 1, Marseille 1; Ajaccio 1, Lorient 1.

Valenciennes played Rennes later Saturday.

On Sunday, Auxerre visits Toulouse and Dijon faces Caen.