Marseille strengthen title bid with win at Lille

Marseille strengthened their grip on the Ligue 1 after coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 in a tense match at Lille. Mamadou Niang's side (photo) extended its lead over second-placed Bordeaux to five points with five games left to play.


REUTERS - Olympique Marseille moved five points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 comeback victory at Lille on Sunday.

The Provence side have 67 points with five matches left and second-placed Girondins Bordeaux are on 62 points with a game in hand.

Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda saved a penalty in the first half but he was helpless on an Eden Hazard attempt from close range four minutes into the second half.

The visitors turned the match around in the space of four minutes, midfielder Benoit Cheyrou latching onto a Charles Kabore cross from the right in the 54th minute and Senegal striker Mamadou Niang netting with an angled shot from just inside the box on 57 minutes.

Seven-times champions Olympique Lyon are third on 61 points following a 0-0 home draw against Paris St Germain on Friday.


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