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French Ligue 1

Auguste Delaune (ATT 20,000) 12th August 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: S Ennjimi

Reims Reims vs Marseille Marseille

Reims 0

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Marseille 1

B Cheyrou (78)

Winning start for Marseille

Cheyrou's goal enough to take the points

Last Updated: 12/08/12 10:44pm

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Benoit Cheyrou: Scored the winner

Benoit Cheyrou: Scored the winner

Marseille got their Ligue 1 campaign off to a winning start with a hard-fought victory away at Reims.

In their first domestic match under new coach Elie Baup, Marseille needed a late goal from Benoit Cheyrou to beat a disciplined home side who created several good chances of their own during a see-saw affair.

Marseille were quicker out of the blocks and Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was twice called into action in the opening 10 minutes.

First, he had to react smartly to keep out a long-range effort from Charles Kabore who was given too much room by the home defence.

Then in the ninth minute, Agassa managed to turn away for a corner a fine free-kick from Mathieu Valbuena from just outside the penalty area.

Opportunities

The visitors were almost left ruing their failure in front of goal as Gaetan Courtet got on the end of a free-kick to plant a header on target that Steve Mandanda just managed to block near the post.

And just before half-time Mandanda was called into action again as Kamel Ghilas found space at the back post to fire in a volley which Marseille's goalkeeper blocked with his foot.

After the interval, the game swung back in Marseille's favour as Andre-Pierre Gignac tested Agassa with a powerful right-foot shot.

Gignac had another chance in the 53rd minute when Valbuena produced a good low cross but he sent his volley slightly wide.

More opportunities followed for Andre Ayew and again for Gignac but Agassa pulled off two more excellent saves.

Marseille kept going forward though, and they were finally rewarded in the 76th minute when a superb cross from Kabore from the right found Cheyrou at the left angle of the penalty area, and he produced a stunning volley to finally beat Agassa.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11

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