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Ayew sends Marseille to Ligue 1 summit

Published: Wednesday 27 April 2011, 21.00CET
Olympique de Marseille ended LOSC Lille Métropole's long reign at the top of Ligue 1 thanks to André Ayew's hat-trick against OGC Nice while a dramatic win kept Olympique Lyonnais in the hunt.
Ayew sends Marseille to Ligue 1 summit
André Ayew celebrates after scoring in the home win against Nice ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 27 April 2011, 21.00CET

Ayew sends Marseille to Ligue 1 summit

Olympique de Marseille ended LOSC Lille Métropole's long reign at the top of Ligue 1 thanks to André Ayew's hat-trick against OGC Nice while a dramatic win kept Olympique Lyonnais in the hunt.

Olympique Marseille ended LOSC Lille Métropole's long stay at the top of Ligue 1, a 4-2 defeat of OGC Nice taking the French champions to the head of the standings.

Lille had been top of the table since December, but Didier Deschamps's side – who won a second successive League Cup at the weekend – overtook them thanks in the main to a André Ayew hat-trick at the Stade Vélodrome. The Ghana striker opened the scoring in the 30th minute and, though Abdou Traoré levelled before half-time, added a second on the hour from his younger brother Jordan's cross.

Jordan Ayew then finished from Rod Fanni's pass to effectively make the points safe, although Habib Bamogo missed a penalty for Nice in the 85th minute. André Ayew headed in Fanni's cross in the 90th minute before former Marseille defender Renato Civelli nodded an added-time consolation for the visitors.

Olympique Lyonnais stayed in the title race after Yoann Gourcuff's last-minute goal secured a 3-2 home win against Montpellier Hérault SC. Lyon led twice, through Ederson and Lisandro, but were pegged back on each occasion and it needed the intervention of Gourcuff, an 87th-minute replacement, to keep Lyon five points behind Marseille in third place.

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Last updated: 27/04/11 22.26CET

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Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

27/04/2011

LyonLyon3-2MontpellierMontpellier

Ederson 22, Lisandro 55, Gourcuff 90

Giroud 30, Camara 84

Venue: Lyon

27/04/2011

MarseilleMarseille4-2NiceNice

J. Ayew 78, A. Ayew 30, 60, 90

Traoré 42, Civelli 90+3

Venue: Marseille

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