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French Ligue 1

Stade Velodrome 26th May 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: F Fautrel

Marseille Marseille vs Reims Reims


Reims 0

Damp squib in Marseille

Last Updated: 26/05/13 11:56pm

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Joey Barton in action for the final time in Marseille

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.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23