Bordeaux defeated relegation rivals Metz 3-1 on Sunday to end an eight-match winless streak and move off the bottom of Ligue 1 for the first time under coach David Guion. Bordeaux had been winless in their previous seven games.
Metz came into the game ahead of Bordeaux on goal difference and took the lead in the first half through Didier Lamkel Ze, who had been on loan at Russian side Khimki before the invasion of Ukraine forced him to return.
Early in the second half, Ricardo Mangas restored Bordeaux’s lead, and Senegal international M’Baye Niang scored his first league goal since November to put the visitors in front.
Bordeaux moved to within a point of Saint-Etienne in the relegation play-off spot with a late third from Hwang Ui-jo as they swapped places with Metz in the bottom two and moved to within a point of Metz in the bottom two.
Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Clermont-Ferrand 6-1 on Saturday, with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both scoring hat-tricks for the league leaders. Clermont are one point ahead of Saint-Etienne in 17th place following the thrashing.
Nice slipped further behind Lens in the race for a Champions League spot after losing 3-0 to the French team, which played over 70 minutes with ten men.
Despite the fact that Lens were reduced to ten men after Massadio Haidara caught Youcef Atal above the knee during a clearance attempt, the visitors scored twice after the break through Arnaud Kalimuendo and Cheick Doucoure.
Nice midfielder Mario Lemina was then sent off before Kalimuendo scored his second goal to leave Nice with just one win in six matches and five points adrift of the top three in the table.
Paris Saint-Germain will regain second place from Rennes if they avoid defeat at home to Montpellier, while Strasbourg will host Lyon in the hope of continuing their eight-game unbeaten run and securing a place in the improbable Champions League qualifying round.
Caio Henrique and Kevin Volland scored in the second half to give Monaco a 2-1 victory over Troyes, improving their chances of qualifying for the European Championships next season.
Nantes and Brest drew 1-1 in the second half after a scuffle in the stands caused the game to be delayed for approximately 10 minutes.
Visitors Nantes took the lead through Randal Kolo Muani, but the game was briefly halted when away fans threw flares onto the pitch. Nantes won the game 2-1.
A second, more prolonged stoppage occurred soon after halftime, when a small group of Brest fans tried to enter the field in order to confront Nantes supporters. One of them was later apprehended.
The referee instructed both teams to change into their respective locker rooms. As soon as they returned, Brendan Chardonnet scrambled the ball into the net from a corner to grab the points for Brest.
After Edon Zhegrova equalized an own goal by Tiago Djalo for the defending French champions, Lille and Angers played to a 1-1 draw at Angers.