Ligue 1 wrap: Hazard stars in Lille win
Ligue 1 champions Lille closed in on Paris Saint-Germain courtesy of a 2-1 win over Toulouse on Sunday, as Caen and Ajaccio drew.
Title-holders Lille took control early in the match at the Stade Lille Metropole, thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Dimitri Payet.
Belgium international Hazard drew a foul from Daniel Congre inside the area 12 minutes from kick-off, and dispatched the resulting penalty to put Lille 1-0 ahead.
And he was instrumental as the home side doubled their lead in the 31st minute.
Hazard advanced into the area and dummied a shot on goal, opting instead to set up Payet for a simple finish.
Toulouse pulled one back on the hour mark when Christopher Aurier scored via a deflected effort.
But the visitors' hopes of mounting a comeback faded when Francois Sirieix was shown a straight red card for a bad tackle on Nolan Roux with eight minutes to go.
The win sees Lille close to within four points of second-placed PSG, who lost at Nancy on Saturday.
League leaders Montpellier, also four points clear of Lille, are not in action during this round, and will have a game in hand over their title rivals.
A 76th-minute goal from Lisandro Lopez saw Lyon salvage a 1-1 draw at Stade Rennes.
Former Paris Saint-Germain striker Mevlut Erdinc gave the hosts a sixth-minute lead at Stade de la Route de Lorient, but they were unable to hold onto the advantage.
Striker Lopez levelled to help Remi Garde's into fourth, six points adrift of third-placed Lille.
Stade Rennes, who dominated most of the encounter, went ahead when Erdinc cut into the area and fired a low effort past Hugo Lloris.
They wasted several chances to put the game to bed, and Lyon made them pay when Lopez got on the end of a Clement Grenier free-kick.
Elsewhere on Sunday, relegation-threatened Caen earned what could prove to be a valuable point with a 0-0 draw at home to Ajaccio.
But it might have been a considerably better result for the home side, who saw Pierre-Alain Frau miss a first-half penalty at the Stade Michel-d'Ornano.
Johan Cavalli and Eduardo Dos Santos both had late chances to win it for Ajaccio blocked by Caen goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux.
The draw leaves Caen third-from-bottom in the standings, level on points with 17th-placed Brest, but inside the relegation zone on goal difference.
Ajaccio are two points better off in 15th.