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Stade de L'Aube 21st October 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: W Bien

Troyes Troyes vs Marseille Marseille

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Troyes shock Marseille

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Nivet: Grabbed a shock winner for Troyes

Nivet: Grabbed a shock winner for Troyes

Benjamin Nivet's 88th-minute goal stunned Ligue 1 giants Marseille as struggling Troyes picked up their first win of the season to keep L'OM off the top of the table.

Troyes withstood heavy pressure throughout the game and then, having earlier hit the crossbar with a rare second-half attack, Nivet prodded home a loose ball to snatch all three points.

It was the ultimate smash-and-grab raid, with Nivet lucky to get away with after appearing to use an elbow only seconds before the goal and Marseille then denied a 90th-minute leveller by an assistant's flag.

The win lifted Troyes off the foot of the table, while Marseille remained second, behind Paris St Germain on goal difference.

According to the stats, this should have been a one-sided Marseille victory, and the visitors set out trying to make it so as they bombarded the Troyes goal.

Benoit Cheyrou gave home goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien an early touch with a third-minute free-kick that was on target, and Thuram-Ulien was on hand again to keep out a first-time shot from Morgan Amalfitano.

However, Marseille suffered a big blow when Andre-Pierre Gignac went off injured, scans later revealing he had broken a bone in his foot.

The visitors continued to pour forward, though, and Amalfitano turned provider for Gignac's replacement Loic Remy, but the striker could not find the target with his 28th-minute shot.

The onslaught continued early in the second half, with Thuram-Ulien pushing Mathieu Valbuena's free-kick away for a corner shortly after the restart.

Troyes went close with their first serious chance in the 55th minute as Nivet met Stephane Darbion's corner and headed on to the bar with Steve Mandanda beaten.

Marseille almost came up with the perfect response, but somehow Remy headed down and over when all alone at the far post from Andre Ayew's cross.

Remy's penalty shout for a challenge by Matthieu Saunier was turned down as the game moved into the last 10 minutes and Marseille got increasingly desperate.

Thuram-Ulien only saw Charles Kabore's half-volley late, but made the save and it seemed the away side's luck was out.

That impression was only strengthened when Nivet got away with a booking when he appeared to use an elbow.

And seconds after that escape he fired in the winner, pouncing on the rebound when Mandanda could only parry Marcos' header.

Marseille thought they had a dramatic late equaliser, but Remy's effort was rightly ruled out for offside.


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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 34 72
3 Lille 34 64
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 34 52
7 Bordeaux 34 48
8 Reims 34 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Bastia 34 44
11 Nantes 34 43
12 Lorient 34 42
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Montpellier 34 39
15 Nice 34 39
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 34 35
18 Sochaux 34 33
19 Valenciennes 34 29
20 AC Ajaccio 34 20

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