Montpellier Hérault SC moved level at the top with Paris Saint-Germain FC following a 1-0 home victory against Olympique de Marseille on a day when OGC Nice had three players sent off.
If Marseille were hoping for a morale-boosting victory ahead of Wednesday's visit of Olympiacos FC, they were to be disappointed as their five-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end at Montpellier. Souleymane Diawara's own goal (62) proved sufficient to pop OM's balloon, while Montpellier surged back to the Ligue 1 summit, level on 30 points with Paris Saint-Germain, after this fourth win in five league encounters. PSG can restore their lead with home victory against AS Nancy-Lorraine on Sunday.
Earlier in the day there were victories for the summer's promoted sides Évian Thonon Gaillard FC (2-1) and Dijon FCO (2-0), while AC Ajaccio scored in added time to salvage a 2-2 draw against SM Caen, but it was AS Saint-Étienne's 2-0 victory against Nice that caught the eye, the Cote d'Azur outfit reduced to eight men after goalkeeper David Ospina (1), Eric Moloungoui (29) and Renato Civelli all saw red (86).
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Diawara 62 (o.g.)
|1||Paris Saint-Germain FC||13||30|
|2||Montpellier Hérault SC||14||30|
|3||LOSC Lille Métropole||14||25|
|4||Stade Rennais FC||14||25|
|10||Olympique de Marseille||14||18|
|12||Évian Thonon Gaillard FC||14||16|
|15||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||14||13|
|16||Stade Brestois 29||13||12|