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Stade de la Mosson 26th August 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: R Buquet

Montpellier Montpellier vs Marseille Marseille


Marseille 1

A Gignac (77)

Champs suffer defeat

Last Updated: 26/08/12 7:32pm

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Andre-Pierre Gignac celebrates the winning goal

Andre-Pierre Gignac celebrates the winning goal

Montpellier's troubled title defence continued as Marseille maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a narrow 1-0 win at Stade de la Mosson.

Andre-Pierre Gignac struck the winning goal in the 77th minute, capitalising on an error in the champions' backline, to make it three wins from three under new OM boss Elie Baup.

Defeat for Montpellier leaves them just one place above the relegation zone and still searching for their first win after three matches.

Marseille just edged a cagey first half played in punishing temperatures, with Gignac twice coming close to breaking the deadlock but home goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren was equal to both efforts.

Montpellier's best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Daniel Congre after OM's wall had charged down a free-kick, but the defender dragged his shot wide.

Jourdren was again in action a minute after the restart as he punched clear Mathieu Valbuena's free-kick.

The goalkeepers continued to play a central role as the second half wore on, with Jourdren keeping out a Gignac free-kick in the 55th minute, while opposite number Steve Mandanda first denied John Utaka and then Romain Pitau.

But with the clock ticking down the goal finally arrived, with the visitors indebted to two errors by the home defence for the breakthrough.

First Congre's poor clearance was pounced on by Morgan Amalfitano, and then when Gignac was played in by his team-mate, the striker's effort from the edge of the area passed under the body of the hitherto impressive Jourdren to seal all the points.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 18 37
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Bordeaux 18 31
6 Monaco 18 29
7 Rennes 18 28
8 Nantes 18 27
9 Montpellier 18 25
10 Reims 18 25
11 Nice 18 22
12 Lille 17 21
13 Guingamp 18 21
14 Lorient 18 20
15 Toulouse 18 20
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
17 Metz 18 19
18 Bastia 18 17
19 RC Lens 18 16
20 Caen 18 14