PARIS, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Second-half substitute Sylvain Wiltord scored a late goal and earned a decisive penalty as Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon salvaged a 3-3 home draw against Sochaux on Saturday.
Wiltord, back from an 10-week injury layoff, netted in the 90th minute to make the score 3-2 before being fouled in the box by Sochaux defender Fousseiny Diawara.
Midfielder Juninho converted the resulting penalty three minutes into stoppage time to earn a point for the champions.
Brazilian forward Santos had opened the scoring for the visitors in the ninth minute from inside a packed goalmouth, with Ziani doubling their tally from the spot after 29 minutes following a foul by Cris on Romain Piteau.
Five minutes before the interval, Czech striker Milan Baros pulled a goal back for Lyon, only for striker Sebastien Grax to add to Sochaux's tally with four minutes remaining.
Lyon remain in the driving seat to clinch a record sixth national title with 58 points from 26 matches.
Sochaux are fourth 18 points behind the leaders and four adrift of second-placed RC Lens, who host Nancy on Sunday.
Lille failed to recover from their controversial 1-0 Champions League home defeat by Manchester United when they slumped to a 2-1 loss at struggling Nice.
The result sent Lille down to fifth on 40 points, one place behind Toulouse, who thrashed Olympique Marseille 3-0 in Saturday's early kickoff courtesy of a Johan Elmander double.
Swedish striker Elmander netted six minutes from the interval and doubled his tally four minutes into the second half.
Midfielder Achille Emana wrapped up the win shortly after the hour mark.
Marseille, who have not won in their last five league matches, dropped to sixth on 38 points.
Nantes, who have not been relegated since joining the top flight in 1963, were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting AJ Auxerre and remain second from bottom, five points from the safety zone.
On Sunday, Girondins Bordeaux host Valenciennes, Paris St Germain take on St Etienne and Racing Lens welcome AS Nancy.