Lyon returned to the top of the table with a 2-0 home win over Sochaux, marking their first victory after a winless streak that had threatened to derail their title defence. Marseille's 2-0 victory over Nantes on 21 March had taken them two points above Lyon at the summit, but goals from Brazilian striker Ederson and midfielder Anthony Mounier at Stade Gerland set Lyon's bid for an eighth consecutive title back on track. A great performance by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris also helped Lyon end their worst losing streak since 1991 after four consecutive defeats in all competitions.
Injuries to Jean-Alain Boumsong and John Mensah, in addition to the suspension of Cris, forced Lyon coach Claude Puel to field an unfamiliar centre-back pairing of Jeremy Toulalan and Mathieu Bodmer, but Ederson eased home fans' nerves when he struck the opening goal in the 13th minute. Mounier made sure of victory in the 71st minute, sealing only Lyon's second win in their last eight home matches.
Renato Civelli and Brandao fired Marseille to their 2-0 victory over Nantes on Saturday evening, temporarily shooting Eric Gerets's men to the top of the table. Lyon's victory means Marseille slip back to second in the table, while Bordeaux - who also briefly went top after winning 3-0 at Le Havre earlier on 21 March - slip to third.
Marseille coach Eric Gerets said he wasn't afraid to think about the title. "I am somebody who dares to say it. It makes me laugh when I hear our rivals say that they are not thinking about the championship," said Gerets. Marseille, who beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at the Parc des Princes last weekend and who moved into the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in midweek at the expense of Ajax, now sit just a point off the lead.