Auxerre, winner of Niort on Saturday on the 7th day of Ligue 2, took advantage of the defeats of Paris FC and Sochaux to take second place, behind Toulouse and in front of the PFC, while Dijon signed its first victory.
AJA, still as attractive under the leadership of Jean-Marc Furlan, defeated Niort 4-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Gaëtan Charbonnier (16, 69, 87), recent defector from Stade Brestois and author of his third and fourth goals since his arrival.
It is two points behind Toulouse, which will have the opportunity to widen the gap in Le Havre on Monday evening.
The PFC was surprised by Guingamp at Stade Charléty (1-0) and goes down to third place.
Thierry Laurey's men conceded a goal from the neo-Guingampais Charles Abi at the end of the first half (41).
Nîmes Olympique failed to seize the chance left by the Ile-de-France residents to take second place.
They recorded their first defeat of the season (2-1) in Grenoble following an error by goalkeeper Per Kristian Bratveit in stoppage time (90 + 3) and fell to sixth place.
Their defeat directly benefits Pau, winner of his third game in a row, in Caen (2-1), and now fourth on points with the PFC and Sochaux, defeated in Ajaccio (1-0).
In the warm atmosphere of the François-Coty stadium, the FCSM cracked fifteen minutes from the end on a header from Gaëtan Courtet (75).
The former resident of Ligue 1 Dijon finally pocketed a victory thanks to a double from Yacine Benzia in the second half (58, 88), including a magnificent free kick.
This is the first success of Patrice Garande's men.
At the bottom of the standings, Dunkirk and Nancy could not get their first victory (0-0), after a meeting marked by the red card of Giovanni Haag (34), his third in seven games.
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