Olympique Marseille ended LOSC Lille Métropole's long stay at the top of Ligue 1, a 4-2 defeat of OGC Nice taking the French champions to the head of the standings.
Lille had been top of the table since December, but Didier Deschamps's side – who won a second successive League Cup at the weekend – overtook them thanks in the main to a André Ayew hat-trick at the Stade Vélodrome. The Ghana striker opened the scoring in the 30th minute and, though Abdou Traoré levelled before half-time, added a second on the hour from his younger brother Jordan's cross.
Jordan Ayew then finished from Rod Fanni's pass to effectively make the points safe, although Habib Bamogo missed a penalty for Nice in the 85th minute. André Ayew headed in Fanni's cross in the 90th minute before former Marseille defender Renato Civelli nodded an added-time consolation for the visitors.
Olympique Lyonnais stayed in the title race after Yoann Gourcuff's last-minute goal secured a 3-2 home win against Montpellier Hérault SC. Lyon led twice, through Ederson and Lisandro, but were pegged back on each occasion and it needed the intervention of Gourcuff, an 87th-minute replacement, to keep Lyon five points behind Marseille in third place.
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|2||LOSC Lille Métropole||32||60|
|4||Paris Saint-Germain FC||32||53|
|5||Stade Rennais FC||32||51|
|6||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||32||44|
|10||Montpellier Hérault SC||32||43|
|11||Stade Brestois 29||32||40|
|15||AS Monaco FC||32||38|