Marseille remain in contention Ligue 1 title race after a 3-0 home win over Brest on Wednesday, while Lyon were well beaten by Auxerre.The victory means Marseille trail league-leaders Lille by four points, with just three matches remaining.
France forward Loic Remy put his side on the way to victory with a goal after just 12 minutes.
While visitors Brest proved tough to break down, Jordan Ayew’s 59th-minute strike effectively ended the contest.
Defender Gabriel Heinze grabbed the third goal with nine minutes to play as Brest’s shocking run of form – which has seen them win just one of their last 11 matches – continued at the Stade Velodrome.
Lyon missed an opportunity to bolster their chances of snaring a Champions League place after they were thumped 4-0 at Auxerre.
Dennis Oliech put the hosts at Stade de l’Abbe Deschamps ahead after 19 minutes, and any hope Lyon had of resurrecting a comeback was blown when defender Dejan Lovren was sent off in the 40th minute.
Alain Traore compounded Lyon’s woes with his strike in the second minute of first-half injury time, before the Burkina Faso midfielder added a second four minutes after the break to make it 3-0 for Auxerre.
Cedric Hengbart hit his side’s fourth goal 11 minutes from time.
Lyon still occupy third place – and a Champions League spot – but missed the opportunity to steal a march on fourth-placed Paris Saint-Germain, with the two sides split by just one point.
Elsewhere, Sixth-placed Sochaux won their third game in succession with a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Monaco.
Lens kept alive their slim hopes of escaping the drop with a 1-0 win over Bordeaux, while Nice compounded the woes of relegated Arles with a 3-2 win over the cellar-dwellers.
Caen are just two points above the bottom three after being held 1-1 away to Stade Rennes, who – despite occupying fifth spot on the table – are winless in nine.
Montpellier came from behind to beat Lorient 3-1 at home, while Valenciennes earned a point at Toulouse after their 0-0 draw.