Marseille in goal rush to top
Marseille moved into pole position with a 4-1 defeat of Grenoble at the Stade Velodrome, though Lyon hope to wrest back the leadership in short order. Should Lyon defeat Monaco in the late game, the reigning champions would move a point clear once again. Marseille romped to three points with four second-half goals, as the former European champions raced to 61 points from 31 games to overhaul overnight leaders Bordeaux.
Marseille, seeking a first league title in 17 years, took things easy in the opening period against a Grenoble side who are still not safe from the drop before Nigerian defender Taye Taiwo grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck for the hosts. Taiwo fired in from the penalty spot on 52 minutes after Mathieu Valbuena was brought down in the box to sooth increasingly restless fans. For good measure, he then hit the third on 64 minutes after Vitorino Hilton had first fired home number two, deflecting a Valbuena effort.
Hatem Ben Arfa and Lorik Cana then combined to set up Brazilian Brandao, who fired home a fizzing effort, before Laurent Courtois notched a consolation in stoppage time. Bordeaux had gone top on 11 April with a 2-0 win at Auxerre achieved with goals from Brazilians Fernando and Geraldo Wendel.
Fernando struck ten minutes before the interval and Wendel added the second in the 80th minute to propel Laurent Blanc's Girondins. Blanc is busy turning his side into true title material and complimented them for a highly professional showing.
"You're always happy with a win. We can make still better use of the ball. But when you go away and win 2-0 without suffering too much, that is very satisfying and I take my hat off to the players," said the former Marseille, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United stopper.
Also on 11 April, Toulouse moved provisionally a point clear of PSG and Lille into fourth spot, to keep alive their own unlikely bid for glory, as an Andre-Pierre Gignac's 19th goal of the campaign saw off Nantes, who are stuck in the drop zone which Caen exited thanks to a 2-1 success at Le Havre.