Mathieu Valbuena's lone strike, midway through the first half, earned Olympique de Marseille a slender win against FC Lorient, keeping the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain FC.
In the top half of the table, only FC Girondins de Bordeaux have scored fewer than OM's 38 goals, but Élie Baup's side are resilient in defence and after Valbuena volleyed into the bottom corner from outside the box, a typically determined display brought a seventh straight clean sheet. It was OM's 12th 1-0 win of the season and they now trail PSG by six points. The day finished on a sour note, though, as Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard and OM's André Ayew were both shown red cards after the final whistle.
Goals were hard to come by anywhere on Saturday, with three games ending goalless stalemates. Stade Rennais FC hit two without reply, however, to heap more misery on Stade Brestois 29, now five points adrift of safety.
AC Ajaccio dramatically overcame Montpellier Hérault SC thanks to a late penalty and an added-time winner – a match that both teams finished with ten men.
On Friday night, LOSC Lille surrendered a three-goal lead in a thrilling draw at home to FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, the hosts' Salomon Kalou and Sochaux's Vincent Nogueira each registering doubles.
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|1||Paris Saint-Germain FC||33||70|
|2||Olympique de Marseille||34||64|
|8||Montpellier Hérault SC||34||48|
|9||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||34||48|
|10||Stade Rennais FC||34||45|
|14||Stade de Reims||34||38|
|15||AC Ajaccio *||34||38|
|17||Évian Thonon Gaillard FC||33||34|
|19||Stade Brestois 29||34||29|
|20||ES Troyes AC||33||28|