Marseille cut Lille’s lead at the top of Ligue 1 to just four points on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Lens at the Stade Felix-Bollaert.
A long-range effort from midfielder Benoit Cheyrou on 69 minutes was enough to hand the reigning champions all three points and help them keep the pressure on league-leaders Lille with nine games still to play.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Lyon’s title hopes were dealt a hammer blow when they conceded two goals in the last three minutes of play to draw 2-2 at Nice.
Kim Kallstrom handed the visitors the lead after 21 minutes with a curling free-kick, and Lisandro Lopez doubled their advantage just before half-time.
But a penalty from Eric Mouloungui in the 90th minute was followed by a Renato Civelli goal late in injury time to seal a point for Nice, who climbed to 15th with the win.
Lyon could have leapfrogged Rennes into third and moved to within six points of the leaders, but instead remain in fourth place.
Saint-Etienne and Valenciennes played out a 1-1 draw at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, with Dimitri Payet cancelling out Gregory Pujol’s opener for Valenciennes, who are just two points clear of the bottom three.
Saint-Etienne climbed to seventh.
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