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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 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29