Marseille 2 – 0 Rennes
Angers 1 – 0 Nancy
Caen 0 – 1 Lille
Lorient 0 – 1 Nice
Metz 1 – 1 Nantes
- Lorient 0 – 1 Nice
Mario Balotelli was sent off for the third time this season – but Nice still won 1-0 at bottom club Lorient to close in on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.
The former Liverpool striker was dismissed for dissent in the 68th minute after tangling with Zargo Toure.
Wylan Cyprien’s shot had given the visitors a 15th-minute lead, and earned them a first away win since November.
Nice move up to second, three points behind Monaco, who drew 1-1 at Bastia on Friday.
Balotelli, who has scored 11 goals for Nice since arriving from Liverpool last summer, was dismissed for two yellow cards in the reverse fixture against Lorient in October.
He also received a straight red card in the goalless draw at Bordeaux in December.
- Caen 0 – 1 Lille
Lille gave their survival hopes a big boost by winning 2-0 at relegation rivals Caen despite the second-half dismissal of Adama Soumaoro.
Eric Bautheac and Anwar El Ghazi scored for Lille within 10 minutes of each other midway through the second half as Caen went down to a third straight league defeat.
Defender Soumaoro was shown a straight red card for his foul on Yassine Benzia in the 63rd minute.
- Marseille 2 – 0 Rennes
Clinton N’Jie and Florian Thauvin scored as Marseille,in sixth, beat Rennes2-0 to move level on points with fifth-placed Saint-Etienne.
Cameroon forward N’Jie, on loan from Tottenham, marked his first game since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations by sweeping in the opener from the edge of the penalty area.
Then midfielder Thauvin, in his second season on loan from Newcastle, floated in a second from 25 yards after being set up by a clever backheel by Morgan Sanson.
Rennes, who had drawn their previous five league games, are without a win in their last 10.
- Metz 1 – 1 Nantes
Metz salvaged a point from a 1-1 home draw against Nantes courtesy of Cheick Diabate’s stoppage-time penalty.
Nantes substitute Oswaldo Vizcarrondo was penalised for his challenge on Simon Falette and Diabate converted his spot kick into the bottom corner in the first minute of added time.
Valentin Rongier’s 68th-minute strike had appeared to have been enough to clinch Nantes victory.
- Angers 1 – 0 Nancy
Jonathan Bamba’s early goal was enough to secure Angers a 1-0 home win against Nancy.
Forward Bamba fired Cheikh Ndoye’s knockdown into the bottom corner in the fifth minute and Angers held on to make it back-to-back league wins.