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Lorient leave Marseille hopes hanging by a thread

Published: Sunday 15 May 2011, 23.00CET
Olympique de Marseille stumbled again in their quest to retain the Ligue 1 title as they could only draw 2-2 at FC Lorient, a result which played into the hands of leaders LOSC Lille Métropole.
Lorient leave Marseille hopes hanging by a thread
Lamine Kone restored parity for Lorient against Marseille ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 15 May 2011, 23.00CET

Lorient leave Marseille hopes hanging by a thread

Olympique de Marseille stumbled again in their quest to retain the Ligue 1 title as they could only draw 2-2 at FC Lorient, a result which played into the hands of leaders LOSC Lille Métropole.

Olympique de Marseille's chances of retaining their Ligue 1 title suffered a major blow as they came away from FC Lorient with a 2-2 draw.

Loïc Rémy gave the champions the perfect start with an unstoppable shot on 14 minutes, but Lamine Kone levelled shortly after the break and Kevin Gameiro (79) put the hosts ahead with his 21st effort this season. André-Pierre Gignac salvaged OM a draw two minutes from time, but Didier Deschamps's men now trail leaders LOSC Lille Métropole by three points and have just two games to go compared with their rivals' three.

In fifth, Stade Rennais FC revived their UEFA Champions League qualifying prospects by prevailing 2-1 at AS Saint-Étienne for their first success in ten league outings. Jérôme Leroy hit the 43rd-minute winner to move Rennes within three points of third-placed Olympique Lyonnais.

Elsewhere, RC Lens were relegated to the second tier after they could only draw 1-1 at fellow strugglers AS Monaco FC. Victory alone would have saved the northern club, who nonetheless dropped Monaco into the bottom three.

AS Nancy-Lorraine moved in the other direction after they saw off ten-man OGC Nice 3-0 and SM Caen climbed three points clear of the drop zone courtesy of their 2-0 home triumph against Montpellier Hérault SC. Already down, AC Arles-Avignon claimed only their second win of the season by edging Toulouse FC 1-0 and Valenciennes FC drew 1-1 with AJ Auxerre.

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Last updated: 15/05/11 23.58CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2010/11

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

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LorientLorient2-2MarseilleMarseille

Kone 47, Gameiro 79

Rémy 14, Gignac 88

Venue: Lorient

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St-EtienneSt-Etienne1-2RennesRennes

Sako 28

Montano 11, Leroy 43

Venue: St Etienne

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NancyNancy3-0NiceNice

Hadji 34, Berenguer 75, Traore 86

Venue: Nancy

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CaenCaen2-0MontpellierMontpellier

Hamouma 27, Traoré 69

Venue: Caen

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MonacoMonaco1-1LensLens

Moukandjo 14

Varane 90+4

Venue: Monaco

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ValenciennesValenciennes1-1AuxerreAuxerre

Kadir 80

Jung 87

Venue: Valenciennes

15/05/2011

ArlesArles1-0ToulouseToulouse

Ghilas 20

Venue: Arles

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