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Marseille top Ligue 1 with 3-1 win over Bordeaux

© Anne-Christine Poujoulat | Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac celebrates goal on November 23, 2014.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2014-11-24

Marseille restored its one-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league after coming from a goal down to beat Bordeaux 3-1 on Sunday.

Bordeaux forward Thomas Toure opened the scoring with a low strike in the 55th minute but Marseille midfielder Mario Lemina leveled with a header in the 60th.

France international Andre-Pierre Gignac gave Marseille the lead by heading home a corner from Dimitri Payet in the 85th before substitute Michy Batshuayi put the result beyond doubt in the 89th.

“We did what we had to do to come back and take the lead,” Marseille winger Florian Thauvin told Canal Plus television. “That shows the very good solidarity in this team and it bodes well for the future.”

Montpellier moved into ninth place in the league by defeating Toulouse 2-0 and Nantes extended its unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions by drawing 0-0 with Saint-Etienne to climb to fourth.

At Stade Velodrome, Marseille dominated possession with its trademark pressing but failed to find the net in the first half. Payet picked out Gignac inside the area in the 34th but Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso quickly came off his line to deny the Marseille striker.

A minute later, Marseille midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada was left unmarked to meet a cross from Thauvin but headed wide from six yards (meters).

Bordeaux mostly capitalized on counterattacks to create chances, but Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda stopped angled shots from Toure in the fifth minute and midfielder Wahbi Khazri in the 44th.

The hosts increased the pressure after the break, forcing Carrasso to parry a close-range effort from Lemina in the 50th and a swerving shot from Giannelli Imbula in the 51st.

Marseille’s Baptiste Aloe was making his first start in the league and the 20-year-old centerback nearly scored from a corner in the 51st but his header struck the bar.

Bordeaux took the lead against the run of play when Marseille leftback Benjamin Mendy lost possession in his own half. Nicolas Maurice-Belay slipped the ball to Toure, who beat Mandanda.

Lemina quickly equalized, outjumping the defense to head in a cross from Payet.
Gignac then notched his 11th league goal this season to join Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as the top scorers.

In the closing minutes, Carrasso stopped a long-range strike from Marseille defender Rod Fanni, but Batshuayi followed up to score.

On Saturday, it was: Bastia 0, Lyon 0; Guingamp 0, Rennes 1; Lorient 1, Lens 0; Monaco 2, Caen 2; and Nice 0, Reims 0.

PSG edged Metz 3-2 on Friday.

The match between Lille and Evian was postponed to Jan. 7 because Stade Pierre Mauroy hosted the Davis Cup final this weekend.

(AP)

Date created : 2014-11-24

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