A last-gasp strike from AS Monaco FC captain Ludovic Giuly was enough to seal victory against Olympique de Marseille on Sunday night and keep alive the UEFA Champions League finalists' hopes of overhauling leaders Olympique Lyonnais in the Ligue 1 title race.
Giuly nudged the ball over the line three minutes into added time after Marseille goalkeeper Fabien Barthez had failed to hold a powerful shot by Argentinian Lucas Bernardi, to leave the UEFA Cup finalists languishing in seventh position with three games remaining.
Marseille had been a man down since the 86th minute after striker Didier Drogba was taken off the pitch on a stretcher with a groin injury, the extent of which is not yet known. Monaco made their brief numerical advantage count to move ahead of third-placed Paris Saint-Germain FC and two points behind Lyon.
Monaco defender Gaël Givet said: "The key to the game was that we did not concede any goals. We knew we were going to have tough matches until the end of the season - the end of the league is going to be exciting. It's great for the fans and it's great for us as well."