Nice stuns Lille 1-0 in French League


PARIS (AP) -- Lille extended its slump by losing 1-0 at Nice in the French league on Sunday, its fifth straight game without a win.

Nice defender Mathieu Bodmer diverted in Christian Bruls' volley with a backheel flick on the stroke of halftime to give the hosts the win.

Despite the defeat, Lille remained in third place but saw its lead over Saint-Etienne cut to one point after picking up just two draws and three losses from its last five league games.

"We want to secure safety as quickly as possible," Nice captain Didier Digard said. "With more confidence, we hope to rack up more points and climb up a few spots."

Nice provisionally moved into 12th place.

Meanwhile, Lyon suffered a setback in the race for a European spot as it lost 2-0 at lowly Rennes to trail fourth-place Saint-Etienne by six points. Rennes defender Cedric Hountondji headed in a corner from Romain Alessandrini in the 22nd minute, and Lyon was down to 10 men in the 41st when defender Samuel Umtiti was red-carded for a violent tackle on Alessandrini.

Rennes striker Ola Toivonen doubled the lead in the 66th by taking a pass from Abdoulaye Doucoure to fire home a low strike.

Rennes climbed to 15th place.

Marseille hosts Toulouse later on Sunday.

Paris Saint-Germain extended its lead atop the league to five points by defeating Bordeaux 2-0 on Friday. On Saturday, it was: Lorient 2, Monaco 2; Bastia 3, Guingamp 2; Evian 1, Ajaccio 1; Reims 2, Montpellier 4; Saint-Etienne 3, Valenciennes 0; and Sochaux 1, Nantes 0.