Marseille took a significant step towards their first league title in 17 years when they came from a goal down to win 2-1 in a tense match at Lille. It was only Lille's second home defeat of the season and extends Marseille's lead at the summit to five points with five games to play. Second-placed Bordeaux - 4-0 winners over second-division Vannes in Saturday's League Cup final - have a game in hand at Rennes on 29 April.
Marseille's France international goalkeeper Steve Mandana saved a Michel Bastos penalty in the first half, but minutes after half-time 18-year-old Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard capped a sweeping move with a nerveless finish to put the hosts ahead.Their lead, though, was short-lived, as Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou drilled home a left-footed half-volley in the 54th minute before Senegalese striker Mamadou Niang struck what proved to be the winner three minutes later.
Earlier, a disastrous error by goalkeeper Lionel Cappone allowed UEFA Champions League-chasing Toulouse to salvage a 1-1 draw from their meeting with mid-table Lorient. Toulouse remain fifth, one place above Lille and four points off the last Champions League qualifying berth.
At the other end of the table, Vaclav Sverkos's injury-time penalty enabled Sochaux to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Valenciennes that moves them two places above the drop zone. Fallen giants Saint-Etienne remain in the bottom three after losing 3-1 at Nice, while there was heartbreak for second-bottom Caen, who conceded two late goals by Polish striker Ireneusz Jelen to lose 2-1 at Auxerre.
Elsewhere, Nancy beat Nantes 2-0 and Monaco won 1-0 at Le Mans, while rock-bottom Le Havre are 12 points from safety after going down 1-0 against Grenoble.