Paris Saint-Germain recovered from back-to-back defeats against Strasbourg and Bayern Munich in the Champions League to beat Lille and move twelve points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
Ángel Di María, who looks increasingly likely to be deemed surplus to requirements in Paris, opened the scoring before the hour mark with a firm header from Kylian Mbappe’s cross.
And his compatriot Javier Pastore, another playing for his future, doubled the lead. On something of a rare start for the former Huracán midfielder, Giovani Lo Celso won back possession in the Lille half and Di María eventually slipped the ball into Pastore’s path for an emphatic finish.
Anwar el Ghazi pulled a goal back before Mbappe sprinted clear from a Lille corner to score into an empty net with the goalkeeper still upfield.
PSG’s twelve-point lead was soon cut to nine points after Monaco came from two-down to beat Troyes thanks to Guido Carrillo’s late brace.
Suk Hyun-jun’s double either side of half time had put Troyes firmly in control but a Mathieu Deplagne own goal reduced the deficit and set up a dramatic finish.
Second half substitute Carrillo equalised in the 85th minute with a superb glancing header and three minutes later nodded a close range winner.
And in Portugal, Benfica kept up the pressure on Sporting CP at the top of the Primeira Liga after a 3-1 win over Estoril.
Eduardo Salvio finished off a sweeping counter to give the Águias an early lead and soon after turned provider, bursting clear down the right to square for Jonas to tap in the second.
Estoril pulled a goal back but Franco Cervi exchanged passes to create a simple third for Filip Krovinovic.