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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 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 22 44
3 Paris St Germain 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 22 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20