It was a thrilling scoreline at the Stadium de Toulouse, with a result that was just as thrilling, although it would be seen as a setback by visitors Monaco.
The champions arrived with a chance to close the gap (at least temporarily) to nine points and keep the pressure on Paris Saint-Germain who were to play a day later, with only eight minutes gone Rony Lopes had given them the lead, but it was cancelled out just before the half hour mark through Ibrahima Sangare. Monaco would retake the lead just after halftime, Stevan Jovetic put them back in front, before Lopes added his second with 18 minutes left.
Victory looked certain, but Toulouse wouldn’t read the script, as an Andy Delort penalty halved the deficit, before Yaya Sanogo drew them level with three minutes left. It was a result Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim described as tasting ‘like a defeat’, even though he assured Les Monegasques would continue to fight for second place with a smile.
And if second place is the target, then they had reason to smile at the end of PSG’s game at home to Marseille. It was another straightforward Le Classique at the Parc des Princes, as goals from Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, either side of a Rolando own goal, claimed a 3-0 win for Unai Emery’s side.
Elsewhere, It looked for all the world like Lyon would finally end their winless run in Ligue 1, as they held to a lead given to them in the first half by Mariano Diaz in the Derby du Rhone. But St. Etienne saved their best for last as Mathieu Debuchy bagged a stoppage time equaliser. Les Verts stay unbeaten in five.
Nantes fell at home again, their fourth loss in their own backyard in five games, much to the outrage of Claudio Ranieri, with Amiens the latest victors. Bordeaux and Nice played out a barren stalemate at the Chaban-Delmas, as did Strasbourg and Montpellier.
Lille came unstuck in a 2-1 home defeat to Angers, Rennes continued their climb up the table by seeing off relegation-threatened Troyes, while Metz, another side in danger of the drop, could only equally share four goals at Guingamp.
Toulouse 3-3 Monaco
PSG 3-0 Marseille
Guingamp 2-2 Metz
Lille 1-2 Angers
Nantes 0-1 Amiens
Bordeaux 0-0 Nice
Lyon 1-1 St. Etienne
Rennes 2-0 Troyes
Dijon 2-0 Caen
Strasbourg 0-0 Montpellier