PARIS (AFP) - A double from Argentina striker Fernando Cavenaghi lifted Bordeaux to a 2-1 win over Caen on Sunday to breathe fresh life into the French title race.
Later Paris Saint Germain came off second best in a five goal thriller at home to Nice, the 3-2 defeat pushing them down into the drop zone with only Strasbourg and relegated Metz below.
Up at the top with Lyon being held to a 1-1 draw by Rennes on Saturday Bordeaux closed the gap on the six time champions to four points with five matches remaining.
Former Spartak Moscow attacker Cavenaghi put the hosts into a 52nd minute lead when he diverted a free kick taken by Brazilian Wendel past Caen keeper Vincent Plante.
He doubled the advantage with a 76th minute penalty awarded for a handball by Nicolas Seube.
In the 89th minute Jeremy Sorbon reduced the deficit but it was too late to deny Bordeaux a valuable three points.
Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc said: "Our aim was obviously to get the three points, and now we're back to four behind Lyon. don't forget with five games remaining we have to be near perfect and Lyon have to slip up twice. Given the quality of Lyon that's a little hard to imagine, even if anything can happen in football."
At Parc des Princes PSG fell behind in the 36th minute to a terrific strike from Baky Kone.
Paul Le Guen's stricken giants desperately needed a result and got back level when Peguy Luyindula pounced on a rebound off keeper Hugo Lloris to score into an open goal in the 50th minute.
PSG captain Pedro Pauleta then had the home fans singing when he put the capital club in front, poking the ball past Lloris with quarter of an hour left.
But Nice weren't done with yet with Kone bagging the second leg of his double on 83 minutes before Ederson came up with the winner four minutes from time.
On Saturday Metz's slender hopes of playing first division football for the second straight season disappeared with a 2-1 loss to Marseille seeing them slip through the relegation trap door.
Cedric Barbosa gave the home fans at the Stade Saint-Symphorien some hope when putting Metz into a three minute lead but Marseille hit back through former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse and Samir Nasri for their 22nd defeat of the campaign.
Marseille moved up to 55 points and go third on goal difference ahead of Nancy, beaten 2-1 at Lille.
Metz coach Yvon Pouliquen, summing up the sombre mood, said: 'Disappointment is everywhere after this defeat. I'm upset at the result but not with the manner of the defeat. Marseille scored twice from three chances in the match, that efficiency made the difference."
At the Stade Gerland Brazil striker Cris put Lyon in front when heading home a 16th minute corner taken by Juninho.
Rennes were subdued in attack until the closing stages when the visitors burst into life with Stephane Mbia exploiting lax defending by slotting in a 92nd minute corner at an unattended near post.
Lyon coach Alain Perrin ventured: "The result frankly is hardly illogical given that we allowed Rennes back into the game in the second period. At home this is the same as a defeat."
Le Mans were entitled to give themselves a large pat on the back after an emphatic 3-0 success at home over Auxerre which pushed them up two places to sixth.
Down at the other end of the table fifth from bottom Toulouse did their hopes of staying up a power of good with a 2-0 win at Monaco.
But Strasbourg, in the mire after back to back losses to PSG and Monaco, went down again, this time to a 2-0 defeat to mid-table Valenciennes.
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