Paris Saint-German attacked directly and created lots of chances against a ludicrously proactive Marseille side who pressed extremely intensely until they tired.
PSG maintain their position at the top, with Marseille in third, behind Lyon.
Marcelo Bielsa was without suspended defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula, so Mario Lemina came into the side.
Jeremy Morel returned on the left of the defence, and otherwise the side was unchanged.
There were few surprises from Laurent Blanc. Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani got the nod over Ezequiel Lavezzi out wide.
Blanc had a problem at the back, however, when David Luiz limped off midway through the first half with a hamstring injury. Gregory van der Wiel replaced him and played right-back, with Marquinhos pushing inside into the middle.
Big Ligue 1 games are often somewhat dull, but this was an extremely enjoyable, high-tempo game – largely because of Marseille’s pressing.
This had benefits and drawbacks, however, illustrated by the chances at both ends.