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Stadium Municipal 15th December 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Benoit Bastien

Toulouse Toulouse vs Marseille Marseille

Toulouse 0

C M'Bengue (S/O 27)
F Tabanou (S/O 45)

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Marseille 1

A Gignac (68)

Gignac the hero for Marseille

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Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the only goal

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the only goal

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the only goal as Marseille edged out nine-man Toulouse to move level on points with Lyon at the top of the Ligue 1 table.

OM were looking to build on their midweek success over Bastia and were helped on their way by a Toulouse side who saw both Cheikh M'Bengue and Franck Tabanou sent off before the interval, while Andre Ayew also missed a penalty for the visitors.

However, Gignac's goal midway through the second half proved enough to earn Elie Baup's men the spoils and leave the hosts without a win in four league matches.

Marseille leapfrog Paris St Germain into second place, although both PSG and Lyon have a game in hand over their title rivals.

It was Toulouse who had the first chance after 25 minutes, with Tabanou's cross into the area resulting in a header for Pavel Ninkov which was swept off the line by defender Lucas Mendes.

However, things took a turn for the worse for the home side moments later when M'Bengue was given a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Morgan Amalfitano.

Tabanou then went into the book after 39 minutes for a challenge on Jordan Ayew which resulted in a penalty being awarded to Marseille. However, Ayew's brother Andre saw his spot-kick saved by Ali Ahamada.

Toulouse's woe deepened before the interval when Tabanou was shown his second yellow card in five minutes for a poorly timed tackle on Rod Fanni.

But goalkeeper Ahamada again kept the scores level on the stroke of half-time with an agile save to keep out Joey Barton's powerful drive.

Marseille's attempts to go in front were once more halted by Ahamada early in the second half, with Mathieu Valbuena the latest to see an effort turned away by the home keeper.

But the visitors eventually made the breakthrough after 67 minutes thanks to Gignac, who made the most of a through-ball from Jordan Ayew before picking out the top-left corner.

Despite their obvious disadvantage, Toulouse fought on and came close to snatching a point six minutes later only for Steve Mandanda to deflect away a Jonathan Zebina header at full stretch.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 33 65
2 Paris St Germain 32 65
3 Monaco 33 59
4 Marseille 33 57
5 St Etienne 33 57
6 Bordeaux 33 54
7 Montpellier 33 52
8 Lille 33 50
9 Rennes 33 46
10 Nantes 33 43
11 Nice 33 41
12 Guingamp 33 40
13 Caen 33 38
14 Reims 33 38
15 Toulouse 33 38
16 Bastia 33 37
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 37
18 Lorient 33 35
19 Metz 32 29
20 RC Lens 33 26