Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their crucial Champions League tie against Chelsea with a surprise 0-0 home draw against Lille in Ligue 1.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were rested by coach Laurent Blanc and the Parc des Princes crowd did not see a goal, with Edinson Cavani missing the two best chances and Layvin Kurzawa having a header cleared off the line.
PSG have won 22 and drawn four of their 26 league fixtures this season and lead Monaco, who have a game in hand against Saint-Etienne on Sunday, by 25 points.
Blanc’s side will now prepare for the home leg of their last-16 tie against Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Nantes defeated rivals Lorient 2-1 at home to make it 12 games unbeaten and boost their hopes of a top-three finish.
Nantes went ahead early on when Adryan converted Alejandro Bedoya’s cut-back before Emiliano Sala’s thumping header doubled their lead before half-time.
Lorient got a goal back when Benjamin Moukandjo scored a penalty with 11 minutes left, but their hopes of a comeback were ended when Lamine Gassama was shown a straight red card for a foul on Guillaume Gillet with five minutes to play.
Michel Der Zakarian’s men now sit fifth, level on points with third-place Nice in the race for a Champions League spot.
Meanwhile, bottom-of-the-table Troyes won a 3-2 thriller at relegation rivals Gazelec Ajaccio.
Jacques Zoua had put the hosts ahead, but Troyes took control by half-time thanks to a Chaouki Ben Saada equaliser and Karim Azamoum’s double, with Roderic Filippi’s second-half strike failing to spark a Gazelec comeback.
Troyes are still a massive 13 points behind 18th-placed Gazelec and 15 adrift of safety despite the win, which is just their second of the campaign.
Another relegation dogfight saw Montpellier beat Toulouse 2-0 at home thanks to a goal in each half from Mustapha Yatabare and Souleymane Camara.
Bordeaux won an entertaining encounter 4-2 at Guingamp. The visitors had led by two goals after strikes from Adam Ounas and Diego Rolan, but were pegged back by Thibault Giresse’s free-kick and Marcus Coco’s impressive strike.
Willy Sagnol’s men pulled through to claim just their second away win of the season after Clement Chantome’s close-range goal and Cheick Diabate’s header.
In the day’s other game, Bastia won 1-0 at Reims to record a first away win this season after Hamari Traore’s own goal early in the second half proved decisive.
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