Brazilian striker Elber scored as Lyon edged to the top of La Ligue with a 1-0 win over Nantes.
Monaco’s 1-1 draw with Sochaux-a Morientes penalty for Monaco cancelled out by a late strike from Mathieu- means they are now in second-place on goal difference.
Paris St. Germain stay in third place, just three points behind the top two, after Pauleta’s penalty gave them a 1-0 win over Ajaccio.
Marseille, hosting Liverpool this week in the second leg of their UEFA cup tie, lost 4-3 away to Rennes who were inspired by four goals from their Swiss striker, Alex Frei.
Auxerre stay fifth after losing 1-0 away to second from bottom side, Montpellier.