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A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.
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Thiago Silva scored his first goal of the season as Paris St Germain extended their unbeaten run to 36 games with an impressive 4-0 win over rivals Lyon at the Parc des Princes.
The Brazilian's second-half strike helped seal the win after Edinson Cavani had fired Laurent Blanc's men into a 36th minute lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic added two more from the penalty spot either side of the break.
Defeat for Lyon, their fifth away from the Stade Gerland in Ligue 1 this season, left the former champions languishing in 10th place and 18 points behind their victors.
Bordeaux returned to winning ways in Ligue 1 with a comfortable 4-0 win over struggling Ajaccio .
A Jussie brace and goals from Gregory Sertic and Nicolas Maurice-Belay condemned Christian Bracconi's men to a ninth league defeat of the season and left the Corsicans just one place above bottom-club Sochaux thanks to a superior goal difference.
Bastia moved up to eighth, their highest position of the season, with a confident 2-0 win over Evian at the Stade Arman-Cesari.
Second-half efforts from Milos Krasic and Wahbi Khazri were more than enough to see off a disappointing Evian side who are now without a win in three.
The hosts will now go into Wednesday's Corsican derby with Ajaccio in fine form having only tasted defeat once in their last six and a win there for Frederic Hantz's men could see them reach the dizzy heights of fifth.
On Saturday, Ronnie Rodelin scored early in the second half to propel 10-man Lille into second place with a 1-0 win over struggling Valenciennes.
The striker, who came on as a substitute for Salomon Kalou at the start of the second period, netted in his first minute of being on the pitch to lift his side to within touching distance of leaders Paris St Germain.
The result left Rene Girard's side just one point behind PSG, who play Lyon at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.
Monaco closed the gap on the top of the table to two points with a routine 2-0 victory over Rennes at the Stade Louis II.
First-half goals from James Rodriguez and Anthony Martial were enough to wrap up the points, while Rennes are indebted to goalkeeper Benoit Costil for ensuring the scoreline remained respectable with a number of fine saves.
Victory sees Monaco keep up the pressure on Paris St Germain and Lille above them, with Rennes mired in mid-table after a run of four matches without a win.
A second-half goal blitz saw St Etienne romp to a 4-0 win over Reims and maintain their challenge for European football next season.
Moustapha Bayal Sall got the scoring under way after 62 minutes before two goals in as many minutes from Loic Perrin put the match beyond their opponents.
Mevlut Erdinc then added gloss to the scoreline with his late strike to make it back-to-back wins for St Etienne in Ligue 1.
Wissam Ben Yedder's hat-trick helped Toulouse recover from losing an early goal to thrash strugglers Sochaux 5-1.
Ben Yedder cancelled out Emmanuel Mayuka's seventh-minute opener with his first and made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time.
Pantxi Sirieix added a third two minutes after the restart before Ben Yedder completed his treble from the penalty spot.
And the visitors' misery was completed when Lionel Zouma, who gave away the penalty, put through his own net in injury time.
Toulouse remained in mid-table despite the win, but already Sochaux's hopes of avoiding the drop are looking bleak. This was a ninth league loss of the campaign.
Younousse Sankhare's second-half header was enough for Guingamp to claim a home win over fellow newly-promoted side Nantes.
Both clubs have enjoyed a flying start to life back in Ligue 1 and while Nantes made most of the chances they were made to pay for failing to find the net.
Sankhare looped in a header on 61 minutes to move Guingamp a point behind sixth-placed Nantes in the table.
Nice's dramatic slide down the standings continued as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of a Lorient side who started the day just outside the relegation zone.
Nice were fifth following their win over Marseille on October 18 but since then they have suffered five successive defeats and now find themselves in 15th spot following their latest setback.
Kevin Monnet-Paquet's 17th-minute goal set Lorient on their way, and it was 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Jordan Amavi put through his own goal. Vincent Aboubakar then wrapped up Lorient's win with a third goal in the last minute.
On Friday night, Marseille saw off Montpellier 2-0 in the derby of the south to remain on the heels of the leading trio.
Florian Thauvin opened the scoring 10 minutes before half-time and Saber Khalifa added a second goal at the death for OM, who are two points behind Monaco and three behind second-placed Lille with the rest of the weekend's fixtures to come.
They were good value for their win and the points could have been wrapped up earlier but for a good performance from visiting keeper Geoffrey Jourdren.