Damp squib in Marseille
Last Updated: May 26, 2013 11:56pm
Joey Barton in action for the final time in Marseille
Marseille huffed and puffed but brought the curtain down on their season with a goalless draw against lowly Reims.
With second place already secured and Reims certain of Ligue 1 survival, nothing but pride was on the line at the Velodrome.
Marseille did their best to sign off with a home win but failed to convert a string of chances as it ended in a stalemate.
Visiting goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was certainly kept busy, however.
In the 10th minute he managed to block a shot from Joey Barton - playing the final match of his loan spell from QPR - despite a deflection off Aissa Mandi.
He then made a fine save to keep out Andre-Pierre Gignac's powerful shot after Mathieu Valbuena flicked on Jeremy Morel's long throw-in.
Grzegorz Krychowiak got in a crucial block to turn Gignac's next effort away for a corner, and the striker was denied once more in the 26th minute when Agassa was wise to his attempted lob.
Gignac turned provider just before the break, but Andre Ayew's low drive was again met with a firm hand by Agassa.
There were further chances for Marseille in the second half, but Ayew shot wide after being played in by Barton and Gignac's snap-shot was blocked by Agassa after good build-up play from Valbuena.
There was time for one final save in injury time when Agassa again denied Ayew and the season ended with something of a whimper.
French Ligue 1
Sun 26th May
AC Ajaccio0 - 2Nice
Lorient1 - 3PSG
Bordeaux2 - 1Evian
Lille1 - 1St Etienne
Marseille0 - 0Reims
Lyon2 - 0Rennes
Bastia0 - 0Sochaux
Brest1 - 2Nancy
Toulouse2 - 0Montpellier
Valenc'nes2 - 1Troyes
French Ligue 1
|1||Paris St Germain||15||37|
|16||Evian Thonon Gaillar||15||16|