PARIS (NWN) — Nice lost a 1-0 loss to Montpellier at home on Sunday to miss a chance to move to second place in the French league.
Nice only needed a draw to overtake Lens on goal difference, but he remains third and leads Marseille in fourth, also on goal difference.
The defeat means runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain are 10 points clear.
Andy Delorte started for Nice against the club which sold him this summer in a move that angered Montpellier fans.
His former teammate, Florent Mollet, who set up Delorte for the goal, netted the winner in the 80th minute for sixth-placed Montpellier.
Earlier, Marseille dropped significant points after failing to break 10-man Metz in the second half and drew 0-0 at home.
Including stoppage time, Marseille had a spare player with more than 40 minutes to spare when Metz central defender Jemerson was sent off in the 56th.
Brazilian midfielder Gerson scored for Marseille two minutes later, but his close attempt was rejected after defender Dylan Brawn was fouled after a video review.
The 1pm kickoff was probably unfair on Marseille, which played a Europa League game on Thursday night.
In late Sunday’s game, teenage defender Adrian Truffert came for the net twice off the bench as fifth-placed Rennes beat seventh-placed Lyon 4-1 as coach Bruno Genesio led from 2015–19.
Genesio is also the only coach to have won against PSG this season.
Striker Gaiton Laborde left Montpellier – where for several seasons he enjoyed a sterling partnership with Delorte – to join Rennes during the off-season.
His header from winger Benjamin Bourgoud’s cross took his new team 1-0 up just before the break and leveled him with Jonathan David of Lille at the top of the scoring charts with eight goals.
Mali cut Hamari Traore’s goal 2–0 shortly after the break, and then 19-year-old Trafurt got two before Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta pulled one back from the penalty spot in stoppage time.
Some of the pressure was taken off Saint-tienne’s coach Claude Puel when his side scored two injury-time goals in a 2–0 down side and secured a 3–2 win against promoted Clermont.
Saint-Etienne’s first win in 13 games pulled it from the bottom and sent Metz there instead.
Elsewhere, it was: Reims 0, Monaco 0; Lorient 1, breast 2; and Nantes 2, Strasbourg 2.
PSG won 3-2 in Bordeaux on Saturday but scored a careless late goal after leading 3-0.
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