Marseille showed they can cope without top scorer Bafetimbi Gomis by beating Rennes 2-0 at home in Ligue 1 on Saturday, a win that maintains their push for a top-four finish and place in the Europa League next season.
Gomis has been Marseille's best player this season, scoring 16 league goals, but he picked up a knee injury last weekend and is expected to be out for up to six weeks.
In his absence, wingers Clinton N'Jie and Florian Thauvin grabbed second-half goals as Marseille moved level on points...
Nice's Ligue 1 title hopes suffered another blow with more dropped points in a 2-2 draw at Rennes.
The early-season pacesetters have been passed by both Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks and have now won just three of their last nine league matches, despite a spirited comeback at the Roazhon Park on Sunday.
Without an away victory since the end of November, Nice made a terrible start as they fell behind to a Morgan Amalfitano goal after seven minutes.
It got worse for the visitors...
Former West Ham forward Dimitri Payet scored on his first start for Marseille in a 2-0 victory against Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.
Payet, making only his second appearance following his return to the French club since he requested to leave the Hammers during last month's transfer window, netted a free kick in the 76th minute.
Bafetimbi Gomis, on a season-long loan from Swansea, had scored the opening goal of the game for Marseille with a diving header midway through the first half.