Five-star show from PSG
A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.
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Paris St Germain maintained their five-point lead over Monaco at the Ligue 1 summit with a 5-0 demolition of Nantes.
Thiago Silva put the hosts in front inside 10 minutes and Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty made it 2-0 at the break. Thiago Motta increased the hosts' advantage six minutes into the second half, before Edinson Cavani got in on the act and Ibrahimovic completed his double.
Monaco kept their own house in order in the title race as they won 2-0 at Toulouse.
Claudio Ranieri's side are at the mercy of a PSG capitulation with regard to their hopes, but maintained some pressure on the capital club with this win.
They are comfortable in second and knew they could not go top, but Layin Kurzawa and Lucas Ocampos made sure of the points to at least keep PSG on their toes.
Lyon extended their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Reims at the Stade August-Delaune.
Alexandre Lacazette set Les Gones on their way with a first-half strike before Gueida Fofana scored his first goal of the season with six minutes left to secure the points for the visitors.
With no action taking place at the top end of the Ligue 1 table on Saturday, attention instead turned to the bottom where Montpellier's first away win of the season heaped even more pressure on Sochaux and Ajaccio.
Sochaux were already trailing to a 19th-minute goal from Montpellier forward Anthony Mounier when they lost Nathan Sinkala to a red card 10 minutes before half-time.
Siaka Tiene then wrapped up a 2-0 win for the 2012 champions, who pulled four points clear of a bottom three occupied by Valenciennes, Sochaux and Ajaccio.
Valenciennes were due to play Marseille on Saturday afternoon but their match was postponed because of heavy rain, while defeat leaves Sochaux 10 points from safety.
Basement side Ajaccio are even worse off and suffered their fifth successive league defeat in a 2-0 reverse at Nice.
With just one win all season, it was no surprise the Corsican club trailed to a fifth-minute opener from Christian Bruls, with Dario Cvitanich then rounding off the win in the final seconds.
Evian are perched just above the relegation zone after an uninspiring goalless draw with fellow strugglers Rennes, who have a six-point cushion over the bottom three.
In Saturday's other action, Adama Ba's first-half goal earned Bastia a 1-0 victory over Bordeaux while two early goals earned Lorient derby honours in their clash with Guingamp.
Yann Jouffre's eighth-minute strike was added to four minutes later by Kevin Monnet-Paquet as Lorient got back to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph at the Stade du Moustoir.
On Friday night, St Etienne strengthened their Champions League challenge with a 2-0 win at home to top-three rivals Lille.
Brandao and Franck Tabanou breached the meanest defence in Ligue 1 in the second half to move the hosts just two points behind their third-placed opponents.
Lille finished the match with 10 men as Florent Balmont was sent off for apparent dissent in the 63rd minute in the wake of the second goal.