Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain have earned a scrappy 1-0 win at Angers to go top of Ligue 1.
Title challengers Lyon can return to the top of the standings by beating mid-table Metz at home on Sunday.
PSG were without coach Mauricio Pochettino for the clash with Angers after he tested positive for the coronavirus, and his two assistants took charge.
However, it was an uninspiring performance PSG fans watching at home will quickly forget.
Defender Layvin Kurzawa volleyed home from just inside the penalty area with 20 minutes left, but his goal had a touch of fortune as a cross from the right hit an Angers defender and looped up invitingly.
Angers contained PSG comfortably in midfield but lacked a cutting edge going forward.
“We weren’t far off,” Angers defender Romain Thomas said.
“We prepared for the game very well and it’s a pity we couldn’t open the scoring.”
Winger Florian Thauvin fluffed a penalty and Marseille paid the price as they were stunned at home by strugglers Nimes 2-1.
Thauvin sent goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet the wrong way from the spot but his shot went over the crossbar in the 35th minute.
Moments later, Reynet saved striker Dario Benedetto’s tame shot from close range with his foot.
Sixth-placed Marseille were punished for those misses when Swedish midfielder Niclas Eliasson struck twice in quick succession early in the second half for Nimes to move off the bottom and up to 18th place.
Benedetto pulled a goal back with five minutes left.
“First of all we need to apologize to the fans,” Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas said.
“We didn’t play well and didn’t show a good team spirit.
“I’m not happy about the lack of commitment.”