OM's victory in Nantes (2-0) puts pressure on PSG and Lens, before their match respectively in Montpellier and against Nice.
Even on Monaco and Rennes, if they want to stay in the match on the podium.
For the rest, Reims, thanks to a hat-trick from Folarin Balogun, overthrew Lorient, who lost contact with the leading group.
In addition, Toulouse crushed Troyes (4-1), while Lille - Clermont (0-0) did not find a winner.
Finally, Angers, beaten at home 2-1 by Ajaccio, set the sad record of 13 consecutive defeats in the top flight.
Mission accomplished for OM
The Marseillais did not walk in Loire-Atlantique this Wednesday evening but they managed to snatch victory over Nantes at La Beaujoire.
Hooked by Monaco on Sunday, the team of Igor Tudor therefore extends its series of ten games without defeat.
Here is the provisional OM in the standings, two lengths behind PSG and one ahead of Lens, while waiting for Montpellier – PSG and Lens – Nice at 9 p.m.
For the Marseillais, the release came on the hour mark when the unfortunate Nantes defender Joao Victor (from Benfica), first Ligue 1 match, stepped on the ball under pressure from Under in the area and deceived Lafont (0-1, 58th).
Largely contained by the Canaries during the first period, the Marseillais had not been sovereign until then.
A powerful free kick worked by Malinovskyi from around thirty meters past one meter to the right of Lafont's goal, that's all the Phocaeans had to put in their mouths.
In another register, Nantes is also one of the teams in form in the Championship thanks to its series of 6 consecutive matches without defeat in the elite (4 draws, 2 wins).
Last result, a pitiful draw in Clermont without a shot on target, Sunday (0-0).
Note, the first steps of new acquisitions on both sides: Azzedine Ounahi in the Olympian jersey, entered in place of Under, as well as that of Andy Delort on the Nantes side.
A sumptuous entry for the Moroccan, author of his first goal in added time, following a sequence control-hook-strike of a beautiful fluidity.
Balogun prepares hake with champagne
Les Merlus seemed fresh after the goals of Le Fée (0-1, 10th) and Koné (0-2, 36th).
But that was before the festival started Folarin Balogun, 22, author of a hat-trick.
And provisionally ahead of Kylian Mbappé in the scoring charts, with 14 goals (including 4 penalties).
The baby Gunner, top scorer for players born in 2000 and after in the five major European championships, first reduced the mark from the penalty spot (1-2, 44th), then scored from the right (61st) and from the left (66th) , Doumbia completing the note in favor of Reims (51st).
The Reims team has taken its series to eleven games without defeat since the start of the Will Still era, 30, the youngest coach in Ligue 1.
Toulouse bites Troyes
Although led 1-0 after a penalty conceded on Mama Baldé (0-1, 12th), Toulouse made short work of Aubois, defeated 4-1.
The Violets quickly took off thanks in particular to the magic foot of van den Boomen, author of two assists and a goal, Dallinga and Chaïbi increasing the note.
Thanks to a 4th victory in its last matches, Toulouse is making great strides towards maintenance.
For its part, Troyes remains in the zone of turbulence.
Angers hit rock bottom
It was to be feared and it happened: Angers, more than ever on the way to Ligue 2, is now the only team to have chained 13 defeats in the elite, this one ahead of Ajaccio 2-1.
However, the SCO had taken the lead thanks to a goal from Sima (1-0, 13th).
But joined following the goal of Soumano (65th), then reduced to 10 after the expulsion of Doumbia (78th), the Angevins capitulated, thanks to a goal from El-Idrissy in added time.
Clermont resists Lille
At Pierre-Mauroy, the LOSC, too inefficient, could not get rid of the promoted Auvergne, bordering on more dangerous than his opponent.
Undefeated in 2023, the CF63 chained a fifth meeting without defeat and consolidated its place in the first part of the table