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By Simon Fudge & Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
L'OM turned on the style to seal a 2-0 win against the struggling Corsicans.
Ibrahima Bakayoko scored the opener ten minutes before the half time break and although Ajaccio battled for an equaliser it was the visitors that grabbed the next goal of the game.
Lamine Sakho popped up to convert a penalty to make the score 2-0 and ensure the points would return to Marseille.
Monaco drop to second after Rennes held them to a 0-0 draw at the Stade de le Route de Lorient while French champions Lyon moved up two places to third after also being held to a 0-0 draw against bottom club Troyes at the Stade de Gerland.
Nice failed to make up ground on the top three after Sochaux held them to a 2-2 draw at the Stade Municipal du Ray.
Mickael Pagis had given Sochaux a 1-0 half-time lead and the home side went down to ten men after Jose Cobos was sent off for serious foul play a minute before the break.
Despite a man short, Nice equalised ten minutes after the break through Everson and then took the lead through Cedric Mionnet eight minutes after that.
But Sochaux would earn a point when Pierre-Alain Frau scored from the penalty spot with 11 minutes left.
Bastia pulled level on points with Bordeaux in the table, as the Corsican club beat Les Girondins 2-0 at Parc Lescure.
Mickael Essien and Lilian Laslandes scored the goals the away side.
Paris Saint Germain's woeful season continued after struggling Montpellier earned a vital 3-1 victory over the capital club at Parc des Princes.
PSG took the lead after three minutes through Jerome Leroy but two goals in six minutes from Valery Mezague turned the match in Montpellier's favour before Fode Mansare scored a third with a quarter of an hour to go sealed three important points for the away side.
Mezague and PSG's Paulo Cesar were both sent off before the end of the match.
Lens are mid-table following a 2-0 away victory over Lille at the Stade Grimonprez-Jooris. Rigobert Song and Tony Vairelles with the goals for the northern French club.
Strasbourg have gone level on points with Guingamp after defeating them 3-1 at the Stade de le Meinau.
All four goals came in the second half with the home side scoring their three goals in the space of four minutes through Pascal Camadini, Danijel Ljuboja and Corentin Martins.
Stephane Carnot replied with Guingamp's only goal mid-way throught the second period.
Le Havre got two goals from David Martot and Jean-Michel Lesage to defeat struggling Sedan 2-1 at the Stade Jules-Deschaseaux.
Henri Camara scored the only goal for Sedan, who had both Eddy Capron and Richard Jezierski sent off in the last ten minutes.
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Ajaccio 0-2 Marseille
Bordeaux 0-2 Bastia
Le Havre 2-1 Sedan
Lille 0-2 Lens
Lyon 0-0 Troyes
Nice 2-2 Sochaux
PSG 1-3 Montpellier
Rennes 0-0 Monaco
Strasbourg 3-1 Guingamp
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