Paris Saint-Germain's saviour came from an unlikely source, Rennes left it late to stay in touch and Metz pulled off a shock win at Nice. Meanwhile Brest continued their impressive resurgence at Bordeaux. Check out the action from Round 15 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats here!
Captain Marquinhos to the rescue
Paris Saint-Germain had two-goal hero Marquinhos to thank as they came from behind to beat Saint-Etienne 3-1 in Arctic conditions at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Marquinhos headed PSG level on the stroke of half time following the dismissal of Les Verts' Timothée Kolodziejczak, cancelling out Denis Bouanga's 23rd minute opener for the hosts.
Despite a spirited display, Claude Puel's men succumbed to Parisian pressure and two late goals from Angel Di Maria (79') and a second of the game from Marquinhos (90') saw PSG over the line.
"I am happy with the performance," said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino who now turns his attention to Wednesday night's crunch clash with Nice. "We conceded first and we had to react to that but in the end, I'm satisfied. We were professional and we deserved the three points."
Rennes march on
Rennes made it three wins in a row and nine league games unbeaten after a 2-0 win at Breton neighbours Lorient.
Goals from Gaëtan Laborde (75') and Jeremy Doku (78') gave Les Rouge et Noir local bragging rights and second place on the table as Bruno Genesio's side continued their relentless streak.
"It was a close game and Lorient played very well," said Rennes coach Bruno Genesio whose side deservedly occupy second place on the table as a result of this victory. "We looked a little tired after Thursday night's game but you can't always be at your fluid best with such a busy schedule. I am very proud of the players today, we have taken a very important three points."
Lirola wins it for Marseille
A Pol Lirola goal 16 minutes from time gave Marseille a much-needed 1-0 victory over Troyes at the Orange Vélodrome.
Lirola beat the offside trap to slot home, ensuring that OM scored their first goal and won their first home league game since mid-October. Marseille stay in fourth place on the table, whilst Troyes sit one place above the bottom three in 17th.
"It has been difficult for us of late but this win gives us the opportunity to stay in touch at the top of the table,'' said a satisfied OM coach Jorge Sampaoli. We haven't been at our fluid best and there has been a drop in our performance but we are working hard so that we can find our best level again soon."
Metz claim Nice scalp
Metz claimed just their second league win of the season after an excellent 1-0 win at Christophe Galtier's Nice.
Fabien Centonze fired home Nicolas de Préville's cross (31') to score the only goal of the game and give the visitors a much-needed boost in their bid to avoid the drop.
Lens and Angers share spoils
Romain Thomas' 70th minute header ensured Angers came from behind to draw 2-2 with Lens at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
Sofiane Boufal had put the visitors ahead (40') but Lens hit back early in the second half through Gaël Kakuta (48') and Florian Sotoca (55') to take control of the clash. But Thomas had the final say, heading home Angelo Fulgini’s cross to earn Gérald Baticle's men a deserved point.
Paqueta the hero for Lyon
Lucas Paqueta's first-half goal was enough to give Lyon the spoils after a 1-0 win at Montpellier.
The Brazilian headed home the solitary goal of the game (17') to move Peter Bosz's men into seventh place on the table.
LOSC lose more ground
LOSC dropped more points from a winning position with Nantes the latest beneficiaries, after a 1-1 draw at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
Burak Yilmaz put the reigning champions ahead (9') but the lead was surrendered when Ludovic Blas fired in an equaliser for Nantes (24'). Fabio was sent off for the visitors (78') before Jonathan David squandered an opportunity to win it for LOSC, but his penalty was saved by Alban Lafont (80').
Brest's resurrection continues
Brest made it four wins from their last four games after a come-from-behind victory at Bordeaux.
Stian Gregersen's volley put the hosts in front (42') but two second-half goals from the in-form Jérémy Le Douaron gave Michel Der Zakarian's side another valuable three points, moving the Breton side into mid-table.
Points shared in the Principality
Monaco and Strasbourg both converted penalties in a 1-1 draw at the Stade Louis II.
Wissam Ben Yedder opened the scoring from 12-yards on the stroke of half time after Kevin Volland was impeded. Ludovic Ajorque levelled up for the visitors (48') after being fouled by Youssouf Fofana.
Reims leave it late
Reims left-back Konan sealed an important three points for his side after a 1-0 win at home to Clermont.
Konan struck deep in injury time to hand Reims just their second home win of the season, condemning Clermont to their fifth-consecutive defeat.