Ronney Roelin's goal gave Lille a vital 1-0 win over Valenciennes while Monaco beat Rennes 2-0 as both sides kept pace with French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, who host Lyon on Sunday.
Paris Saint-Germain failed to create a larger gap at the top of the French Ligue 1 table as both Lille and Monaco logged wins to remain four and five points off the pace, respectively, while Saint-Etienne beat Nice 1-0.
Nigeria became the first African side to book their tickets to Brazil with a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia in Calabar, which saw them emerge 4-1 aggregate victors of their FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off.
Lille handed Monaco their first loss of the French Ligue 1 season with a hard-fought 2-0 win on Sunday as Nolan Roux's brace proved to be the difference, while Bordeaux beat Nice 2-1 and hosts Montpellier held Nantes 1-1.
Paris Saint-Germain saw off Bastia 4-0 to move three points clear atop the French Ligue 1 table, led by braces from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, while Lille held on to beat Montpellier 1-0.
We look ahead to another week of birthdays around the footballing globe, with a trio of goalkeepers in the shape of Rene Higuita, Vincent Enyeama and Pepe Reina all set to celebrate.