Olympique de Marseille warmed up for the first leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final against Newcastle United FC by defeating Lille OSC 2-1 on Sunday to strengthen their bid for a place in Europe next season.
The sixth-placed side had to come from behind after Mathieu Bodmer put the visitors ahead eleven minutes into the game, latching on to a corner by Milenko Acimovic. Steve Marlet was denied an equaliser a minute later for a foul on LOSC goalkeeper Grégory Wimbée but did manage to level the scores on the stroke of half-time with a well-placed header.
Substitute Laurent Batlles was the hero for Marseille, hitting the winner from 16 metres with nine minutes left to play. Mathieu Chalmé was subsequently sent off for the visitors for arguing with the referee.
In the day's other game, Olivier Sorlin gave Stade Rennais FC a flying start at home against FC Girondins de Bordeaux, opening the scoring with just four minutes on the clock. Olivier Monterrubio set up his side's second goal with a perfect cross for Swede Kim Källström, who lobbed Bordeaux keeper
Ulrich Ramé with a fine header.
Swiss international Alexander Frei scored his 15th goal of the season to make it 3-0 in the 69th minute. Seven minutes later, Marouane Chamakh grabbed a consolation goal for Bordeaux.