Monaco miss the chance to snatch fourth place, temporarily, by falling in a draw against hosts Lorient 0-0 on Sunday in the 24th stage of the French Ligue 1.
Monaco failed to capitalize on Stade Rennais ‘ fifth loss to Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 on Friday in the opening match to take a two-point lead and snatch fourth place from Strasbourg, who will later host Angers.
Monaco had just one point to keep them in sixth place on goal difference behind Rennes and just ahead of Lyon, who beat Nice 2-0 on Saturday.
On the other hand, Lorient broke the 17th-place partnership with Metz after raising his tally to 21 points against 20 points for the latter, who later hosts Marseille.
Strasbourg solidified their fourth-place with a 1-0 win over Angers. Strasbourg made the most of Nice’s loss to Lyon on Saturday to cut the gap to one point with the Champions League qualifying group.
Strasbourg owed their second consecutive league win to Kevin Gameiro, who scored the game’s only goal in the 11th minute.
The club, based in north-eastern France, had 41 points while Nice 42.
Nantes returned to the track with a 1-0 win over Reims, who fought with ten players from the 14th minute after the sending off to Moroccan Yunis Abdelhamid, raising his tally to 35 points in 8th place thanks to the goal of Nigerian Moses Simon.
Saint-Etienne secured a 2-1 win over Clermont with goals from Mahdi Camara (71) and Timothee Kolodziejczak (82) after Benin’s Cedric Hountondji opened the scoring for the hosts (39).
Brest swept Troyes 5-1 with a pair of goals from Martin Satriano (6-26) and Franck Honorat (48-66), while Benin’s Steve Mounie ended the festival of goals (81). It was Adil Rami who scored the only goal for the guests in the last minute of the first half.