Ligue 1 round-up
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lille closed the gap on Lyon at the summit of the Ligue 1 table after a 2-1 success.Lille closed the gap on Lyon at the summit of the Ligue 1 table after a 2-1 success over Nantes.
It was the visitors who took the initiative when Shiva N'Zigou netted, however, second half goals from Geoffrey Dernis and Matt Moussilou turned the contest around.
While Lille were beating Nantes, Lyon dropped two points after a goalless draw at Bordeaux.
Marseille lost ground on the leading pack after slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Stade Velodrome to Auxerre.
Benjamin Mwaruwari was the match-winner for the visitors scoring the deciding goal just after the hour mark.
Monaco continued their impressive December form with a 2-0 away win over Bastia.
Ernesto Chevanton opened the scoring for the visitors with Javier Saviola's (pictured) half time strike sealing the contest.
St Etienne secured their fifth win of the season in fine style with a 5-0 thrashing of Caen.
Frederic Piquionne struck early on with a goal after just four minutes before David Hellebuyck added a second.
Frederic Mendy's goal put the home side three-up after 37 minutes with Piquionne's second of the game wrapping up the first-half scoring.
Substitute Lilian Compan added the icing on the cake for St Etienne when he netted a fifth five minutes from time.
Sebastien Renouard struck the only goal of the game as Metz beat Strasbourg 1-0 at Stade Saint-Symphorien.
Nice put in a superb display to sink Ajaccio 3-0 at Municipal du Ray.
Marama Vahirua opening the scoring from the penalty spot just before the half-time interval.
Late goals from Francois Grenet and a second from Vahirua completed the scoring.
Toulouse saw off a brave challenge from Istres to win 2-1.
Achille Emana broke the deadlock after 26 minutes, however, Laurent Courtois levelled matter 12 minutes later.
Thibault Giresse netted the winner just after the hour mark to clinch all three points.
Rennes bagged their sixth league win of the season thanks to a brace from Toifilou Maoulida.
Maoulida opened the scoring after 17 minutes only for Jerome Leroy to equalise for Lens.
Second half goals from Olivier Monterrubio and Maoulida's second secured a 3-1 win for the home side.