Jonathan David’s early goal was enough to help second-place Lille secure a 1-0 win at Rennes and stay level on points with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain.
The Canada forward pounced in the 15th minute after goalkeeper Romain Salin failed to properly clear a corner, and the ball fell to him to sweep into the left side of the net.
After a slow start to his Lille career, the 21-year-old David now has four league goals.
The youngster made a sharp run behind the Rennes defence midway through the first half and was awarded a penalty after being fouled by defender Nayef Aguerd.
But referee Eric Wattellier reversed the decision after a video replay showed that David was fractionally offside when making his move, and rescinded the yellow card shown to Aguerd.
The home side threatened little after the break and it was a comfortable win for Lille, who trail defending champions PSG only on goal difference after 21 matches.
Rennes midfielder Clement Grenier was not happy with referee Wattellier’s attitude.
“He speaks out of turn, says aggressive things during the game,” Grenier told broadcaster Canal Plus.
“Throughout the match he’s telling me that he’ll referee against us.”
Elsewhere, Hwang Ui-jo made it three goals in two games for Bordeaux with an early brace in a 2-1 home win against Angers.
Former France coach Raymond Domenech’s stint in charge of Nantes is proving difficult, as his team lost 2-0 at mid-table Metz, with Belgian striker Aaron Leya Iseka and French midfielder Farid Boulaya getting the goals.
Reims beat Brest 1-0, while Dijon and Strasbourg fought out a 1-1 draw.