Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain turned up the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Lyon with a 4-0 thumping of Valenciennes. The Sweden striker opened the scoring in the 28th minute and added a second four minutes after the break.
The former AC Milan frontman completed his treble just four minutes later and Ezequiel Lavezzi rounded off a convincing win for the visitors eight minutes from time. Victory moved Carlo Ancelotti's men two points behind Lyon and three ahead of Marseille, although both have a game in hand.
Nice proved their European credentials with a 1-0 win over nine-man Rennes. Dario Cvitanich's penalty midway through the second half moved the south-coast club level on points with their opponents and firmly in the hunt for fourth place.
Rennes' cause was not helped by a 53rd-minute red card for Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik and the dismissal of Yassine Jebbour 11 minutes later for conceding the penalty.
Lille scored two second-half goals to claim a 2-0 home win over Toulouse. Marko Basa broke the deadlock in the 55th minute and Dimitri Payet sealed the points in the 83rd minute.