Champions Lyon had to settle for a surprise 1-1 draw with lowly Toulouse on Saturday evening.
Gerard Houllier's side geared up for Milan in midweek in a less than convincing fashion but nevertheless, still command a 12 point advantage over second place Bordeaux.
Daniel Moreira shocked the home crowd when he gave his side the lead on the stroke of half-time but Norwegian John Carew rescued Lyon a point in the 49th minute.
Third placed Lille also had to settle for a solitary point following a 2-2 draw with Strasbourg - who grabbed a last gasp equaliser through Amara Diane.
Lille took the lead on their travels when Abdul Keita broke the deadlock, only for Alexander Farnerud to grab a leveller on the half hour mark.
Lille struck again through Keita and looked to have secured the points with just 11 minutes left but Diane had other ideas as he grabbed his side a share of the spoils.
John Utaka (25) and John Mensah (52) were Rennes' goalscorers as they beat Troyes 2-0, while Metz recorded a creditable away win at Ajaccio courtesy of Abdelnasser Ouadah's 17th minute strike.
Nancy and Nantes could not be separated in a 0-0 bore draw and the same result occurred in St Etienne's trip to Auxerre.
Marseille's disappointing campaign shows no sign of abating after Le Mans' James Fanchone levelled Toifilou Maoulida's 22nd minute opener.
Racing Lens raced into a two-goal lead against Sochaux thanks to goals from Seydou Keita (21) and Pierre-Alain Frau (36) but were made to hold on for the points when Ilan struck with just under 20 minutes remaining.