Blaise Matuidi's second-half strike against the club where he began his career proved sufficient for Paris Saint-Germain FC to register a 1-0 victory at bottom side ES Troyes AC and move ten points clear in Ligue 1.
The France midfielder – suspended for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg at FC Barcelona in midweek – finished first time after Gregory Van der Wiel's cross was not cleared by the hosts' defence. Carlo Ancelotti's team were made to work hard for their 20th league win of the campaign, though.
Troyes's Stéphane Darbion struck a post early on and goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu denied Marcos from close range, before Matuidi landed the decisive blow 20 minutes after the restart.
FC Girondins de Bordeaux arrested a run of three games without a win by condemning Montpellier Hérault SC to a 4-2 defeat. Évian Thonon Gaillard FC also flexed their muscles to beat Stade Rennais FC by the same scoreline and move three points clear of the relegation places.
Meanwhile, AS Nancy-Lorraine remain third from bottom after being held to a 1-1 draw by AC Ajaccio, while fellow strugglers Stade Brestois 29 lost 2-0 to Stade de Reims. For their part, FC Lorient SC made light work of SC Bastia, strolling to a 4-1 home success.
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|Last updated: 16/04/2013 18:40 CET|
|1||Paris Saint-Germain FC||32||67|
|2||Olympique de Marseille||31||57|
|7||Montpellier Hérault SC||32||48|
|9||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||32||46|
|10||Stade Rennais FC||32||42|
|13||Stade de Reims||32||37|
|15||AC Ajaccio *||32||35|
|16||Évian Thonon Gaillard FC||32||34|
|19||Stade Brestois 29||32||29|
|20||ES Troyes AC||32||25|