PARIS — Center back Marko Basa and striker Nolan Roux scored a goal each as Lille beat Montpellier 2-0 on Sunday to stay third in the French league.
Basa rose to powerfully head in Florent Balmont's free kick from the right in the 19th minute. Roux got his seventh league goal of the season in the 58th, finishing with an acrobatic volley after center back David Rozehnal's header came back off the crossbar.
The win ensured Lille remains ahead of close rival Saint-Etienne, which is in fourth place and needs to beat Lorient away later to stay within one point of Lille.
Also Sunday, Bordeaux hosts sixth-placed Lyon.
French leader Paris Saint-Germain won 3-0 at Bastia on Saturday to maintain its eight-point lead over Monaco.