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Marseille maintain Ligue 1 lead

Published: Monday 12 April 2010
A 4-1 home victory over OGC Nice put Olympique de Marseille back on top in Ligue 1 after AJ Auxerre had taken over temporarily thanks to a 1-0 victory against AS Nancy-Lorraine.
Marseille maintain Ligue 1 lead
Bakari Koné put Marseille in front against Nice ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 12 April 2010

Marseille maintain Ligue 1 lead

A 4-1 home victory over OGC Nice put Olympique de Marseille back on top in Ligue 1 after AJ Auxerre had taken over temporarily thanks to a 1-0 victory against AS Nancy-Lorraine.

Olympique de Marseille continue to lead the way in Ligue 1 thanks to a 4-1 triumph over OGC Nice, with AJ Auxerre second after they prevailed 1-0 at AS Nancy-Lorraine.

With champions FC Girondins de Bordeaux suffering another defeat on Saturday and Montpellier Hérault SC only able to draw, Marseille gave their title hopes a major boost with seven games left to play. The French League Cup winners were in control from the start and eventually went ahead through Bakari Koné, the diminutive forward beating goalkeeper David Ospina in a one-on-one situation three minutes before the break.

Didier Deschamps's men began the second half well too, with Stéphane Mbia heading in a Lucho González corner seven minutes in. Mathieu Valbuena then hit Marseille's third with the inside of his right foot 20 minutes from time, and moments later Souleymane Diawara headed in another Lucho corner. Emerse Faé added a late consolation for Nice, but it was not enough to prevent OM lifting themselves back to the top of the table.

Two points behind them, and having played one game more, second-placed Auxerre enhanced their chances of winning only their second title courtesy of Daniel Niculae's 88th-minute winner at Nancy. The Romanian international scored at the second attempt after latching on to a Benoît Pedretti cross.

Third-placed Olympique Lyonnais failed to join Auxerre on 60 points as they could only draw 1-1 with LOSC Lille Métropole, seven points off the top in sixth. Pierre-Alain Frau put Lille ahead with a deflected effort just after the hour, but they lost Ricardo Costa to a 70th-minute red card and were pegged back by a Cris header just seconds later. Lyon also ended the game a man short as Maxime Gonalons was dismissed 11 minutes from time.

Last updated: 03/12/12 1.35CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 02/07/2011 06:30 CET

10/04/2011

LyonLyon3-0LensLens

Bedimo Nsame 55 (o.g.), Briand 60, Lisandro 90+1

Venue: Lyon

10/04/2011

MarseilleMarseille2-2ToulouseToulouse

Rémy 30, Gignac 84

Braaten 45+2, Cetto 61

Venue: Marseille

10/04/2011

MontpellierMontpellier1-1NiceNice

Dernis 44

Jourdren 73 (o.g.)

Venue: Montpellier

09/04/2011

BrestBrest2-0RennesRennes

Roux 29, Grougi 55

Venue: Brest

09/04/2011

AuxerreAuxerre2-2St-EtienneSt-Etienne

Oliech 42, Dudka 80 (p)

Rivière 27, Aubameyang 70

Venue: Auxerre

09/04/2011

BordeauxBordeaux0-0ArlesArles

Venue: Bordeaux

09/04/2011

MonacoMonaco1-0LilleLille

Park Chu-Young 12

Venue: Monaco

09/04/2011

CaenCaen1-2PSGPSG

Hamouma 90+4

Jallet 13, Chantôme 69

Venue: Caen

09/04/2011

ValenciennesValenciennes1-1NancyNancy

Pujol 43

Vahirua 90+3

Venue: Valenciennes

09/04/2011

LorientLorient1-1SochauxSochaux

Morel 35

Drame 25

Venue: Lorient

Standings

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