Montpellier Hérault SC's stuttering domestic form continued as they lost for the fourth time in Ligue 1 this season, succumbing 3-2 at home to a Saber Khelifa-inspired Évian Thonon Gaillard FC.
René Girard's team were on course for their first home win of the campaign at half-time after Marco Estrada's inswinging free-kick and a header from Souleymane Camara, whose late equaliser in midweek earned the southern club a UEFA Champions League draw at FC Schalke 04, overturned Khelifa's opener.
However, the Tunisia forward equalised with a fine curling effort from the edge of the penalty area just after the hour and, with a minute remaining, surged past Daniel Congré to complete a memorable hat-trick.
LOSC Lille, meanwhile, moved above Montpellier into mid-table courtesy of their first league victory since 11 August, Nolan Roux and Ryan Mendes scoring in a 2-0 triumph over visitors AC Ajaccio. Valenciennes FC, who ended Olympique de Marseille's 100% record last weekend, were denied three points at Toulouse FC by Adrien Regattin's 90th-minute equaliser.
Elsewhere, Stade Rennais FC prevailed 1-0 at third-bottom FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and Stade de Reims Champagne and SC Bastia recorded late wins against OGC Nice and nine-man ES Troyes Aube Champagne respectively. Marseille host Paris Saint-Germain FC in the pick of Sunday's three matches.
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|Last updated: 13/03/2013 18:08 CET|
Diego 16, Courtet 87, 90+3
Marcos 25, 49 (P)
Khelifa 30, 62, 89
|Venue: St Etienne|
|1||Olympique de Marseille||7||18|
|2||Paris Saint-Germain FC||7||15|
|4||Stade de Reims||8||14|
|6||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||7||13|
|11||Stade Rennais FC||8||10|
|13||AC Ajaccio *||8||9|
|14||Stade Brestois 29||7||9|
|15||Montpellier Hérault SC||8||8|
|17||Évian Thonon Gaillard FC||8||8|
|20||ES Troyes AC||8||2|