Lyon flop, Marseille remain aloft
Marseille moved into pole position with a 4-1 defeat of Grenoble at the Stade Velodrome, as serial champions Lyon could only draw 2-2 at home to Monaco. With six games remaining, Marseille are now in the driver's seat as they seek their first league title in 17 years.
Lyon, aiming for an eighth straight title, were set to go one point clear once again if they beat Monaco. But, true to their recent inconsistent form, they had to rely on an acrobatic late equaliser from Frederic Piquionne to save them, after Juan Pablo Pino looked to have hit a second-half winner for Monaco.
Monaco took the lead on 33 minutes through Croatian forward Jerko Leko, astutely fed by Korean Park Chu Young, who has made a solid impression since arriving at Monaco in the summer from FC Seoul. Twenty minutes after the restart Cris bagged the equaliser following a cross by Juninho, only for Pino to beat the offside trap and skip round Hugo Lloris in the Lyon goal before firing home from an acute angle.
Neither Lille nor Paris Saint-Germain were able to take advantage of Lyon's hiccup, as they parted 0-0 to take their points tally to 56, level with Toulouse, who had Andre-Pierre Gignac's 19th goal of the campaign to thank for a win over struggling Nantes. PSG have not won at Lille in 12 years and the goalless stalemate means they have not even scored in the fixture in six attempts.
"It's a good point earned, as they put us under a lot of pressure in the first half," said PSG coach Paul Le Guen. "It keeps us in touch." Recent losses to Marseille and Toulouse have kept the Parisians dreaming more of a Europa League place than the UEFA Champions League, which also looks beyond a Lille side whose top six placing is no fluke, as they have the best home record in France.