If LOSC Lille Métropole are to win the French title this season they seem determined to go about it the hard way.
Rudi Garcia's side required last-gasp winners in their two previous matches and, at Stade Brestois 29, the league leaders had to come from behind to seal their third successive 2-1 victory. Moussa Sow's 19th Ligue 1 goal of the season (53) decided the match after Gervinho (39) had cancelled out Benoît Lesoimier's opener (18).
Lille are now five points clear of Stade Rennais FC, who required a late goal by Kévin Théophile-Catherine (87) to draw 1-1 with Olympique Lyonnais. The visitors were grateful for a point after going a goal and a man down, when Bafétimbi Gomis (36) put Lyon in front, and Victor Hugo Montaño (65) was sent off.
Meanwhile, RC Lens moved to within a point of third-bottom AS Monaco FC with a 4-1 success at Montpellier Hérault SC and AJ Auxerre moved three points clear of the relegation zone thanks to Ireneusz Jeleń's double (17, 63) against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.
Elsewhere, FC Girondins de Bordeaux rallied from two down to draw 2-2 at Valenciennes FC, Toulouse FC were held 1-1 by OGC Nice and FC Lorient shared a goalless draw with AS Saint-Étienne.
|1||LOSC Lille Métropole||31||59|
|2||Olympique de Marseille||31||58|
|4||Paris Saint-Germain FC||31||52|
|5||Stade Rennais FC||31||51|
|8||Montpellier Hérault SC||31||43|
|10||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||31||41|
|11||Stade Brestois 29||31||39|
|17||AS Monaco FC||31||35|