Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The pen is mightier than the sword'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Requiem for a recorder'

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government?

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Deadly street battles hit Ukrainian rebel stronghold

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • Netanyahu compares Hamas to IS, Gaza offensive to continue

    Read more

  • France’s ex-PM Juppé sets up presidential clash with Sarkozy

    Read more

  • US attorney general visits Missouri town after fatal shooting

    Read more

Sport

Marseille hope for first Ligue 1 title since 1992 as they face Rennes

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-05

Leaders Olympique Marseille are close to clinching their first Ligue 1 title since 1992, but must defeat Rennes and hope that Auxerre fail to beat Olympique Lyon on Wednesday.

RETUERS - Fear is threatening to affect Olympique Marseille's bid for their first league title since 1992 when they entertain Stade Rennes on Wednesday.
 
Marseille, on 72 points with three games left in the Ligue 1 season will be crowned champions if they beat Rennes (1900) at home and second-placed Auxerre, five points off the pace, do not win at Olympique Lyon (1700).
 
Nobody has bridged a five-point gap at the top of Ligue 1 with three games remaining but that did not seem to calm OM's sports director Jose Anigo.
 
"There is so much fear (at Marseille), you cannot imagine," Anigo told the club's website.
 
"There are so much expectations. We have been waiting for this for 17 years. And for a club like ours, every year without a title counts for 10."
 
Marseille won the league in 1993 but they were stripped of the title following a match-fixing scandal.
 
"For many, we are already champions," said midfielder Edouard Cisse. "But we would like to be mathematically champions."
 
Against Rennes, Marseille are expected to rely on their sturdy defence, perfectly marshalled by Cameroon's Stephane Mbia.
 
They have conceded only two goals in their last seven games.
 
"We are more efficient in defence than we used to be," coach Didier Deschamps, the last OM captain to lift the champions' trophy, said last week.
 
If the title is almost a done deal, the battle for third place, that gives access to the Champions League playoff, is by no means decided.
 
Third-placed Lille, who have scored the most goals (66) in the league this season, travel to Toulouse as they lead fourth-placed Lyon by two points.
 
The seven-times champions, who still have a game in hand, host Auxerre, whom they trail by five points.
 
"We have our fate in our hands (for third place). If we win all our remaining matches, we will be in the Champions League (playoff)," midfielder Jeremy Toulalan told Lyon's website.
 
It is not the case for champions Girondins Bordeaux, who travel to Nice with 60 points, four less than Lille.
 
They could be without France playmaker Yoan Gourcuff, who missed their two previous games with a thigh injury.
 
Second from bottom Boulogne must beat St Etienne if they want to keep alive their hopes of staying in the top flight, with third from bottom Le Mans, travelling to Nancy, also hoping Les Verts will lose.

 

Date created : 2010-05-05

COMMENT(S)