PARIS (AP) – Lille have strengthened their bid for second place in the French league and their automatic qualification for the Champions League by imposing 2-0 at Guingamp, before Lyon fell 1-0. in Nice on Sunday.
The win gives Lille six points ahead of Lyon, third, and Nice in seventh place.
Teenage striker Rafael Leao gave the advantage to Lille just after halftime against Guingamp, last. After Guingamp striker Marcus Thurm denied an offside goal after a video review, former France striker Loic Remy won and converted the penalty for Lille.
The North of France remains 10 points behind the leader of Paris Saint-Germain, having played two more games than PSG.
This is a bit of a turnaround from last season when Lille narrowly avoided relegation.
Lyon beat PSG for the first time in their season by beating a brilliant performance last weekend, but failed to pass a stubborn team from Nice, coached by the former player of the season. France and Arsenal Patrick Vieira.
Midfielder Remi Walter's penalty kick in the middle of the second half decided to play a tight game.
Lyon is six points ahead of Montpellier, fourth, who played one game less. A third place guarantees a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
Monaco missed the opportunity to stray from the relegation zone of the French league after conceding a penalty in injury time in a 2-2 draw in Montpellier.
Striker Andy Delort's efforts were poorly hit, the ball squirming under the goalkeeper's body and just above the line.
A win would have allowed Monaco to rank 16th, but the draw means that he is 18th and that he is ranked for the playoffs.
Portuguese striker Gelson Martins scored his first goal since arriving in Monaco, slipping to the last post to make a center left after 14 minutes.
Striker Gaétan Laborde equalized midway through the second half, before Radamel Falcao hit in 84th after a Martins shot had occurred.
Coach Leonardo Jardim was sacked in October to make way for Thierry Henry, Falcao's ninth goal in a difficult season. He was then rehired after Henry's dismissal last month.
Montpellier is fourth on goal difference ahead of Saint-Etienne who was down 3-0 in Rennes. Striker M'Baye Niang, winger Hatem Ben Arfa and midfielder Adrien Hunou scored goals for Rennes, eighth.
Elsewhere, Nantes won 2-0 before losing 4-2 at home against the midfielder Nîmes.
Forwards Kalifa Coulibaly and Majeed Waris scored in the first half, but after the break, Baptiste Guillaume, Antonin Bobichon, Jordan Ferri and Sada Thioub all scored for Nimes.
A day of mourning for Emiliano Sala, the players from Nantes went in the field, dressed in black and bearing the name of Sala on the back while the crowd chanted his name.
A minute of applause was observed in all stages of the first two French divisions in France this weekend, in memory of the Argentine striker killed in a plane crash at the end of the day. 28 years old.
In addition, Toulouse drew 1-1 at home against Reims.
Forward Edinson Cavani suffered a hip injury as PSG beat Bordeaux 1-0 at home on Saturday, preventing them from leaving Manchester United's match in the last 16 games of the Champions League.