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Felix-Bollaert (ATT 40,859) 3rd April 2011 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: P Kalt

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B Cheyrou (69)

Marseille keep hopes alive

Cheyrou nets only goal of the game

Last Updated: 03/04/11 10:41pm

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Cheyrou: Only goal of the game

Cheyrou: Only goal of the game

Marseille kept their Ligue 1 title hopes alive with a vital 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Lens.

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Benoit Cheyrou struck the vital blow with 21 minutes remaining, moving Marseille to within four points of leaders Lille.

Lens remain in deep trouble, however, five points shy of safety following a seventh home defeat of the year.

They did start the brighter, though, with Kanga Akale driving against Steve Mandanda, before Eduardo got on the end of a Sebastien Roudet corner following a scramble and smashed a header against the bar.

Marseille grew into the game after that, with Lucho taking aim from 20 yards and inadvertently playing in Loic Remy who was unable to beat Vedran Runje when through on goal.


Lucho then burst into the area and bore down on goal, only to have a shot turned away by Runje.

Mandanda was the next goalkeeper in action, flying to his right to keep out an Issam Jemaa header as the half-time whistle approached.

Lens flew out after the break and Adil Hermach skipped past Cheyrou before unleashing a drive that Mandanda did well to turn away.

The woodwork was then hit again as Roudet got on to an Eduardo flick but could only fire against the post.

That proved to be a vital moment as, seven minutes later, Marseille got the only goal of the game.

Lucho burst down the left and picked out Cheyrou, who made some space for himself and left Runje motionless with a curling effort into the corner.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 35 71
2 Paris St Germain 34 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 34 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26