There were big wins for Lorient and Lille towards the bottom of the league; wins that could well kick-start a better run of form.
Friday 31 March
Guingamp 1-0 Nancy Venue – Stade du Roudourou
A win against Nancy kept the European dream alive for Guingamp, leaving their opponents in trouble towards the bottom.
It became a difficult match for the visitors when Modou Diagne was dismissed for a challenge on Jimmy Briand.
The only goal of the game; the winning goal, was scored by Sloan Privat with a composed finish just before the hour.
Guingamp sit 8th in the league, while Nancy’s Ligue 1 status hangs by a thread in 18th place.
Saturday 01 April
Marseille 1-1 Dijon Venue – Stade Vélodrome
Another European contender took on a team flirting with relegation as Marseille and Dijon couldn’t be separated at the Stade Vélodrome.
Dijon took a surprise lead moments before the half-time interval, but it was a Gregory Sertic own goal that opened the scoring.
It didn’t take Les Olympiens long to regroup as they were level within three minutes of the restart thanks to a trademark Dimitri Payet free-kick.
Marseille’s fourth match without defeat left them 8th in the standings are one point from the danger zone in 17th.
Bastia 0-1 Lille Venue – Stade Armand Cesari
Lille made a huge step towards securing their safety in the top flight with a win at Bastia on Saturday.
A single goal from Nicolas de Preville in the 48th-minute was enough to earn Franck Passi’s side the three points.
Bastia’s third consecutive loss meant they fell to the bottom of the league and face an uphill climb to stay in the division. Lille’s victory took them to 13th, nine points above the bottom three.
Sunday 02 April
Rennes 1-1 Lyon Venue – Roazhon Park
A shock at Roazhon Park saw ten-man Rennes come from behind to earn a point against Lyon.
Rennes were faced with a very difficult task when Ramy Bensebaini was shown a straight red for a handball in the area, with Lyon being awarded a penalty. Alexandre Lacazette took responsibility but had his spot-kick saved by Benoit Costil.
Les Gones eventually took the lead in the 52nd-minute through Maxwel Cornet; however Firmin Mubele rescued a point nine minutes from time.
Lyon are still clinging onto 4th place, while results elsewhere didn’t favour Rennes as they dropped to 11th.
Lorient 1-0 Caen Venue – Stade du Moustoir
A massive win for Lorient against Caen lifted them off the bottom of the table as the hopes of survival have increased drastically.
Benjamin Moukandjo broke the deadlock with under half an hour played, but both sides finished the game with ten men as Lorient’s Francois Bellugou and Caen’s Damien Da Silva received red cards in the second period.
Lorient’s second successive win closes the gap to safety to just one point while Caen are far from safe in 16th.
Montpellier 0-1 Toulouse Venue – Stade de la Mosson
Toulouse climbed back into the top half to 10th win a win against Montpellier, whose third loss in a row left them down in 15th.
A single goal from Andy Delort on the stroke of half-time was enough to separate the two sides at the Stade de la Mosson.
Toulouse are now as good as safe from the threat of relegation whereas Montpellier only have five points between them and the bottom three.
Nantes 2-1 Angers Venue – Stade de la Beaujoire
Nantes leapfrogged Angers in the league standings with a victory at the Stade de la Beaujoire.
A brace from Prejuce Nakoulma in a six-minute spell after the second half restart gave Nantes a two-goal lead, but Angers were back in the game less than a minute later with a Famara Diedhiou goal.
Any hopes of a comeback soon faded in the latter stages when Issa Cissokho was dismissed for a tackle on Guillaume Gillet.
As a result, Nantes climbed to 9th, two points above Angers in 12th position.
Nice 2-1 Bordeaux Venue – Allianz Riviera
Three first half goals settled the match at the Allianz Riviera as Nice came out on top against Bordeaux.
The visitors took an early lead through Gaetan Laborde, but Jeremy Toulalan fouled Arnaud Souquet in the box, Mario Balotelli was able to level the scores from the spot.
Nice then took the lead just over ten minutes later. Valentin Eysseric’s strike from range put the hosts in front and was enough to seal the victory.
Defeat left Bordeaux 6th in the league, while Nice closed the gap on Monaco and PSG while the two sides met in the cup.