Leaders tighten grip at top
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The victory was secured via first half goals from Daniel Moreira and Antoine Sibierski.
Moreira planted a header into the back of the net on 21 minutes and Sibierski capitalised on an error by Sochaux skipper Maxence Flachez on 44 minutes to ram in the second.
Paris Saint Germain held on to third spot in the table with a crushing 5-0 triumph over struggling Lorient.
The hosts were handed the perfect start when Frederic Dehu headed home after four minutes and debutant Fabrice Fiorese doubled the advantage eight minutes later.
Ronaldinho fired home from the edge of the area five minutes before the interval and a double strike from Jerome Leroy in the second half sealed the emphatic win.
The midfielder headed in on 55 minutes and then rounded things off on 69 minutes with the goal of the night.
Auxerre kept pace with the Champions League place-chasing teams with a slender 1-0 victory at home to Bastia.
Sebastien Piocelle did not help the visitor's cause for a much needed three points when he was sent off for a second bookable offence after 39 minutes.
Bastia's miserable night was capped when Djibril Cisse netted the only goal with 15 minutes remaining after playing a neat one-two with skipper Yann Lachuer before slotting the ball home.
Monaco romped to a 3-1 win over Bordeaux with a devastating first half display in The Principality.
Dado Prso opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 14 minutes after he was felled by Alain Roche and the striker doubled the advantage on 23 minutes.
Wagneau Eloi extended the lead on 34 minutes with a rocket from 25 yards before Pauleta grabbed a consolation for Bordeaux from 20 yards just before half-time.
Marseille lifted themselves further away from the foot of the table with a gritty 2-1 triumph over Sedan thanks to a brace from Alfonso.
The Spanish striker rattled a shot in off the post after just four minutes and then notched his second midway through the second half.
Julien Poueys set up a tense finish with a 78th minute effort for Sedan.
In the relegation battle, Guingamp took the honours with an entertaining 4-2 win at Metz.
It was the home side that took the lead after six minutes when Geoffray Toyes pounced on the ball after Frederic Meyrieu's shot was saved.
Didier Drogba equalised just after half-time and then Auriol Guillaume's back post header put Guingamp in front. They extended their lead with a carbon copy goal on 61 minutes with Hakim Saci netting on this occasion.
Meyrieu hauled his side back into the match from close range on 68 minutes, but with a minute remaining Saci secured three precious points for the visitors.
Rennes moved off the foot of Le Championnat with a comfortable 2-0 win over Montpellier courtesy of a Christophe Le Roux double.
He bagged his first on 17 minutes with a powerful header, and then, on 35 minutes, he snaffled the ball into the back of the net from close range.