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Marseille snatch late victory against Reims

Published: Sunday 12 August 2012, 23.36CET
Benoît Cheyrou's volley 13 minutes from time ensured Olympique de Marseille began the new season with a slender victory against promoted Stade de Reims Champagne.
Marseille snatch late victory against Reims
Benoît Cheyrou (right) celebrates his winning goal ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 12 August 2012, 23.36CET

Marseille snatch late victory against Reims

Benoît Cheyrou's volley 13 minutes from time ensured Olympique de Marseille began the new season with a slender victory against promoted Stade de Reims Champagne.

Olympique de Marseille secured a 1-0 victory at newcomers Stade de Reims Champagne in their Ligue 1 opener thanks to Benoît Cheyrou's 77th-minute volley.

Having endured 33 years in the lower echelons of French football, Reims marked their return to the top flight with a display founded on enterprising football; the visitors were indebted to Steve Mandanda, who made a string of fine saves.

OM, who finished last season in tenth place, looked likely to have to settle for a point until a moment of individual class ensured Élie Baup tasted victory in his first league game in charge. Rod Fanni was the architect, crossing for Cheyrou to exquisitely volley past Kossi Agassa.

Next up for Reims is a trip to SC Bastia on Saturday, with Marseille hosting FC Sochaux-Montbéliard the following day.

Last updated: 13/08/12 9.30CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2012/13

Matches
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Last updated: 13/03/2013 15:17 CET

12/08/2012

ReimsReims0-1MarseilleMarseille

Cheyrou 77

Venue: Reims

11/08/2012

TroyesTroyes0-1ValenciennesValenciennes

Castro Lourenco 33 (o.g.)

Venue: Troyes

11/08/2012

PSGPSG2-2LorientLorient

Ibrahimović 64, 90 (P)

Maxwell 4 (o.g.), Aliadière 45+3

Venue: Paris

11/08/2012

RennesRennes0-1LyonLyon

Gourcuff 16

Venue: Rennes

11/08/2012

ÉvianÉvian2-3BordeauxBordeaux

Wass 17, Khelifa 90+5

Obraniak 11, Gouffran 14, Saivet 51

Venue: Annecy

11/08/2012

St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne1-2LOSCLOSC

Hamouma 74

Chedjou 58, Pedretti 90

Venue: St Etienne

11/08/2012

NiceNice0-1AjaccioAjaccio

Eduardo 11

Venue: Nice

11/08/2012

SochauxSochaux2-3BastiaBastia

Privat 13, Doubaï 89

Modeste 59, Maoulida 75, 83

Venue: Montbeliard

11/08/2012

NancyNancy1-0BrestBrest

Mollo 90+4

Venue: Nancy

10/08/2012

MontpellierMontpellier1-1ToulouseToulouse

Camara 34

Ben Yedder 72

Venue: Montpellier

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