Le Championnat Round-Up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goals near the end of each half by Daniel van Buyten and Didier Drogba lifted l'OM above Monaco, who play on Sunday.
Auxerre continue to struggle and they were beaten 1-0 by ten-man Montpellier. Jean-Christophe Rouviere scored for the visitors who had Thierry Gathuessi sent off 13 minutes from time.
Paris Saint German lost ground on Marseille after being held to a 0-0 draw at Ajaccio.
Lyon got back on the winning trail with a fine 1-0 win over Nantes.
Both sides battled bravely, with Juninho sealing the victory with a strike on 66 minutes.
The goal was worthy of winning any game, as the Brazilian unleashed a fantastic drive from 20 yards which fairly flew past Willy Grondin and into the top corner.
Les Canaris went in desperate search of an equaliser, but were unable to find a way past Gregory Coupet.
Le Mans remain winless after drawing 1-1 with Bastia, while new Bordeaux boss Michel Pavon led his charges to a 0-0 stalemate at Nice.
Lens came from behind to beat Lille 2-1, with goals from John Utaka and Dagui Bakari cancelling out an effort from Vladimir Mantchev, while Metz won 2-0 at Strasbourg thanks to a brace from Toifilou Maoulida.
Milovan Sikimic's goal 25 minutes from time handed Guingamp a 1-0 win over Toulouse.