Adverse weather conditions impacted Ligue 1's tenth round of matches, though Lille beat Valenciennes under the roof in a league first. Elsewhere, Toulouse move second with a win
|Sochaux's relegation clash against Evian at Stade Auguste Bonal was postponed just 35 minutes before kick-off due to adverse weather conditions.
The game, initially scheduled to kick off at 20:00CET was called off by the referee due to heavy snow in the region, with the players and manager surveying the pitch, which was by then – covered almost completely in snow.
With the hosts in Coupe de la Ligue action on Tuesday, the match could not be delayed for 24 hours, so the LFP will announce a new date during the week.
According to Ligue1.com, the Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe was less than pleased with the outcome, citing the decision being made so close to kick-off as being problematic.
|On Sunday, the match of the weekend between the two Olympiques - Marseille and Lyon - was also postponed due to strong winds in and around the Marseille region.
The weather conditions forced Lyon to travel by train rather than by aircraft to the south coast, with the match - scheduled to for 21:00CET - officially called off by the city authorities at around 15:10CET.
With Marseille's Stade Velodrome undergoing structural renovations ahead of Euro 2016, it was deemed unsafe to play a match in which the scaffolding around the stands would be subject to winds of over 85 miles per hour.
The new date has not been confirmed as of yet, with the hosts' now turning their attention to a fixture against Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday.
|Saint-Etienne rose to provisional fifth place with a comfortable 2-0 win over ten-man Rennes at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard on Friday evening.
Frederic Antoinetti's men were once more without suspended duo Yann M'Vila and Chris Mavinga, but nevertheless imposed early on in the Rhone valley.
However, it was the hosts who surged ahead as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock after 22 minutes after good work by Renaud Cohade.
Rennes immediately hit back, hitting the crossbar through Julian Feret, but after the interval they would once more be undone.
Cohade latched onto a pass from Brandao, firing past Benoit Costil to make it 2-0 on 49 minutes. It stayed that way until full-time, with Mevlut Erding seeing red late on for an infringement.
|Lille shrugged off poor form to snatch a win against Valenciennes at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole, in the first ever Ligue 1 game played under a roof.
Due to projected weather concerns, the roof was closed for the game, and it immediately played into the favour of the hosts, who went ahead after two minutes.
A Dimitri Payet cross found Salomon Kalou, whose initial shot was saved by Nicolas Penneteau. In the aftermath, Nolan Roux and Gaetan Bong duelled for the loose ball, with the final touch coming from the defender as Lille seized the initiative.
Valenciennes were dealt a further setback as Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a second bookable offence after fouling Florent Balmont, and Lille soon doubled their advantage.
After a counterattack, Roux fed Kalou whose weighted pass was threaded to Payet, with the winger finding the net just before half-time.
Anthony Le Tallec managed a consolation late in the second half, but the hosts held on to secure only their third league win of the season.
|Champions Montpellier finally recorded a first home win of the season - being the last team to do so - as they beat a disappointing Nice side 3-1 at Stade de la Mosson.
Anthony Mounier's early attempt was hurriedly cleared off the line by Nemanja Pejcinovic, though Souleymane Camara would eventually find the net, taking advantage of a defensive slip-up.
John Utaka made it 2-0 in the second half, firing a measured shot past Joris Delle, marking his first league goal since the title-winning double against Auxerre in May.
Rene Girard's men stepped up their efforts late on, as Renato Civelli put through his own goal, though Nice were awarded a penalty after Neal Maupay was fouled in the area.
Garry Bocaly was sent off as a result, with Dario Cvitanich tucking it away past Geoffrey Jourdren as MHSC reinvigorated their campaign.
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|Stade de Reims failed to close the gap to challengers Lyon, Marseille and PSG as they were held to a 1-1 draw against fellow promoted side Troyes.
Aissa Mandi handed Reims the lead just before the half-hour mark, as he diverted the ball past Yohann Thuram-Ulien, after the visitors failed to clear away a corner.
The custodian denied Gregorz Krychowiak soon after, though Troyes stepped up their efforts as they searched for an equaliser.
It did come, as Fabien Camus prodded home midway through the second period after good work by Fabrice N'Sakala.
Troyes, who beat Marseille last weekend, were unable to find the winner, as the points were ultimately shared.
|Toulouse moved second in Ligue 1 above Marseille, as they comfortably dispatched Brest 3-1 at Stadium Municipal.
The hosts dominated proceedings from the off, with Wissam Ben Yedder prodding home after a superb run. The 22-year-old was back in the line-up after being dropped last week for the infamous France Under-21 nightclub furore.
It was 2-0 after 40 minutes as Etienne Capoue diverted in past Alexis Thebaux, as Brest struggled against the formidable hosts.
Benoit Lesoimier cut the deficit with 14 minutes to go, but Adrien Regattin easily finished with aplomb to record a 3-1 win, and second place in the standings.
|FC Lorient managed to overturn a 4-1 deficit at the break to record a scintillating 4-4 draw against Ajaccio in a thriller at Stade du Moustoir.
The hosts, on the back of a massive 6-1 defeat by Valenciennes last weekend, fell behind inside a minute as Chahir Belghazouani swept forward to put the ball past Fabien Audard, with Les Merlus surprisingly still not at full concentration from the kick-off.
It was 2-0 soon after, as Adrian Mutu struck his first Ligue 1 goal for the Corsicans, with a sumptuous half-volley which would not have looked out of place at his former clubs.
Wesley Lautoa - used as a makeshift left-back for this game - reduced the deficit, converting from Alain Traore's fine pass to make it 2-1, but a double from Eduardo, including a clean strike from the edge of the penalty area made it 4-1 to the visitors in a shock first-half in Brittany.
The comeback was on however as the ex-Arsenal strikers struck back. First, Jeremie Aliadiere took control of a speculative Maxime Barthelme pass to make it 4-2, before the hosts were denied by the post, and a disallowed goal.
Aliadiere subsequently made it 4-3 on 79 minutes before a last-gasp cross from Ludovic Giuly was finished well by Gilles Sunu, who completed one of the finest comebacks in recent Ligue 1 history.
|Promoted Bastia put an end to Bordeaux's 16 game unbeaten record in Ligue 1 with a shock 3-1 victory at Stade Armand Cesari on Sunday.
The hosts raced out of the blocks after just eight minutes when Florian Thauvin finished past Cedric Carrasso to open the scoring.
Bordeaux were sluggish early on, having just returned from a Europa League game in Portugal, and were soon punished once more as Thauvin made it 2-0 with just over a quarter of an hour played.
Yoan Gouffran reduced the deficit, but Wahbi Khazri restored the hosts' two goal advantage with minutes remaining to deal a blow to Francis Gillot's men, who suffer their first domestic defeat since early April.