OM win keeps up chase
Marseille moved to within three points of Ligue 1 leaders Lille with victory over Bordeaux this evening. First-half goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Brandao put the hosts in control before Anthony Modeste's 74th-minute penalty gave Bordeaux hope. Didier Deschamps men held on for the win, though, to stay firmly in the title race in fifth place and get last weekend's shock Coupe de France defeat to Evian out of their system.
OM went ahead in the 23rd minute, Taye Taiwo doing well down the left and crossing for Gignac to volley home at the far post. Bordeaux's Benoit Tremoulinas was then lucky to escape with just a yellow card for a two-footed tackle on Mathieu Valbuena.
The visitors threatened ten minutes before the break as Cheick Diabate controlled Salif Sane's cross on his chest before getting a left-footed shot away which goalkeeper Steve Mandanda held. But Marseille doubled their lead in final minute of the half.
The Bordeaux defence failed to deal with Taiwo's deep free-kick from his own half and Valbuena stole in and rolled the ball square to Brandao who, with keeper Cedric Carrasso stranded, drove it low into the net from 12 yards.
The hosts continued to press after the break, Lucho Gonzalez winning the ball on the byline and pulling it back for Valbuena who could only drag his shot wide of the post. Instead it was Bordeaux who got themselves back into the match in the 74th minute.
Ludovic Sane got to the ball in the area ahead of Souleymane Diawara and the Marseille defender brought him down. Modeste sent the spot-kick into the bottom right corner.
Bordeaux almost found themselves two goals behind just two minutes later when Andre Ayew sent Brandao through only for the Brazilian to send his effort over the bar. The miss did not prove costly, though, as Marseille saw out the victory.