Bastia on top, Monaco still in danger

Court contrôle le ballon devant Ghisolfi.
Domino's Ligue 2

Bastia remain on course for a return to the top flight, while Reims stay second in Ligue 2 despite suffering a first home defeat of the season on Monday night. Elsewhere, the threat of a second successive relegation remains real for Monaco.


Bastia were held to a 1-1 draw at Angers in Week 25, but that result allowed the Corsicans to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points as the two sides below them both slipped up. Reims lost a home league game for the first time since last May as they went down 2-1 to Sedan in front of a bumper crowd of 17,581 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune. Algerian internationalist Kamel Ghilas - on loan in Champagne from Hull City - gave Reims an early lead, but Jérome Lemoigne equalised for Sedan before ex-Lille striker Nicolas Fauvergue won the game with his eighth of the season.

Clermont are chasing promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time in their history. They have been permament fixtures in the top three since the end of August and, even if their recent form has been poor, a 0-0 draw at home to Nantes allowed them to stay third, beneath Reims on goal difference. Both clubs also have a game in hand on Bastia. The chasing pack is led by Troyes, who are three points adrift of the podium in fourth after beating Le Mans 2-1. Sedan are fifth and Nantes sixth.

Lens continue to struggle, Monaco still in drop zone

Further down the table, Lens' hopes of an immediate return to Ligue 1 are almost certainly over. They have not lost in 2012, but Friday's 0-0 draw with Arles-Avignon means they have drawn five of their last six games, and Les Sang et Or are 13th, 11 points from the top three.

Monaco have claimed their first win since completing a massive spending spree in the January transfer window. There were seven winter recruits in Marco Simone's side for the home clash with Laval, which Monaco came from behind to win 2-1. Moroccan internationalist Nabil Dirar and young prospect Valère Germain got the goals for the men from the principality, but they remain in the relegation zone, two points from safety, and have played a game more than several of the sides above them.

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