Champions Lyon and title chasers Paris Saint Germain emerged the biggest winners of what continues to be a thrilling French championship campaign.
A day after PSG beat Nantes 4-1, Lyon downed Nice 3-1 to go four points clear of second-placed Bordeaux.
Bordeaux’s bid to close the gap again in Sunday’s late match ended in a 1-0 defeat at Marseille.
Jean Makoun gave Lyon an 18th minute lead and 10 minutes later Karim Benzema capitalized on a hesitant defense to burst through and blast the ball home.
Onyekachi Apam scored in first half injury time for the hosts, but any chance they had of sharing the spoils was compromised when Julien Sable was red-carded in the 57th minute.
Makoun headed home his second in the 80th minute and five minutes later Nice also lost Adeilson to a red card.