AS Monaco lost ground at the top of the table following a 1-1 draw at home with mid-table Stade Rennais.
Following Olympique de Marseille’s loss away at FC Nantes on Friday evening, Monaco will have approached Saturday’s fixture keen to tighten their grip on the third and final Champions League spot.
The Club of the Principality’s excellent form recently may also have given them hope of an unlikely title tilt, particularly with Olympique Lyonnais dropping points in recent weeks and Paris Saint-Germain struggling to compete on so many fronts.
ASM took the lead on 28 minutes when Bernardo Silva profited from a lapse of concentration from Mexer, Rennes’ typically-impeccable Mozambique defender, to nip in and give Monaco the lead.
For much of the second half they looked like claiming the three points, but were unable to add a second goal to kill the contest.
They were punished in the 87th minute when Mouhamadou Habib Habibou rescued a point for Rennes.