Ligue 1 wrap: Saint-Etienne climb as Lyon slump
Saint-Etienne took sole possession of third place in Ligue 1 after 10-man Lyon faltered at Stade Reims on Sunday.
Christophe Galtier's men claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over lowly Evian Thonon Gaillard at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Saint-Etienne scored the match-winning goal 12 minutes from time, when Evian goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait turned the ball into his own net.
Francois Clerc whipped in a cross to the back post, picking out midfielder Romain Hamouma.
The former Caen man headed the ball towards goal and his effort hit the underside of the crossbar, and received a helping hand as Laquait failed to keep it out.
Saint-Etienne move into third on goal difference, ahead of Lyon, who suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Reims.
Lyon were looking to end a four-game winless run but their hopes of doing so were dented when Milan Bisevac gave away a penalty and was sent off as a result.
Grzegorz Krychowiak converted the spot-kick, handing Reims their third successive home victory after trumping Rennes and leaders Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks.
And Lille took full advantage of Lyon's loss, with a thumping 5-0 win at home over Lorient moving them to within a point of Remi Garde's side.
Lille, French champions in 2010/11, were 4-0 up at half-time thanks to a Salomon Kalou brace and goals from Dimitri Payet and Lucas Digne, the latter from the penalty spot, with a strike from Ronny Rodelin completing the rout early in the second half.