Saint-Etienne wins at Monaco to keep the pressure on Lyon
Second place guarantees automatic entry into Europe’s elite club competition and Lille is six points ahead of third-place Lyon with three games left. The team finishing third goes into the qualifying rounds.
The draw leaves Lyon only one point ahead of fourth-place Saint-Etienne, which earlier won 3-2 at struggling Monaco.
Monaco is in 17th place and only three points above 18th-place Caen in the relegation-promotion playoff position.
Winger Remy Cabella did the damage for Saint-Etienne, scoring with a sharp volley to put the visitors 2-1 up in the 71st minute and then setting up forward Arnaud Nordin for a powerful header 10 minutes later.
Gelson Martins created a goal for Brazilian striker Vinicius, but his injury-time goal came too late for Monaco.
Martins put Monaco ahead in the 18th, only for defender Fode Ballo-Toure to gift Saint-Etienne an equalizer by volleying in an own-goal in the 59th.
Amiens climbed one place above Monaco after a 1-1 draw at Montpellier, which stayed fifth ahead of Marseille on goal difference.
Nantes is finishing the season in championship-winning form, albeit with nothing left to play for. A 3-0 home win against Dijon made it five straight victories and moved coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s side up to 11th place.
French Cup winner Rennes dropped to 13th after a 2-2 draw at Toulouse.