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Stade Velodrome (ATT 32,106) 3rd March 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: L Duhamel

Marseille Marseille vs Troyes Troyes

Marseille 2

F Jarjat (og 81)
A Gignac (82)


Troyes 1

M Dos Santos (70)

Marseille snatch late victory

Last Updated: 03/03/13 8:07pm

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Andre Pierre Gignac celebrates his late winner

Andre Pierre Gignac celebrates his late winner

Andre-Pierre Gignac's late goal rescued Marseille against bottom club Troyes as they kept in touch with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain.

Brazilian striker Marco had given the visitors the lead in the 71st minute as they sought would have been just a fourth win of the season.

However, a Florian Jarjat own goal levelled the scores with nine minutes left and, buoyed by the equaliser, Gignac struck a minute later to seal the points and take advantage of PSG's defeat against Reims to move within five points of the summit.

The home side started brightly and tested Yoann Thuram after five just minutes, the Troyes goalkeeper deflecting Mathieu Valbuena's effort away from danger.

Valbuena turned provider as he crossed for Andre Ayew after 19 minutes, but his header did not find the target.

His brother Jordan volleyed straight at Thuram, before Valbuena forced another decent save from the stopper.

Steve Mandanda was finally tested after 62 minutes to keep out Benjamin Nivet's effort, before Marcos shot just wide six minutes later.

Troyes were on top and took advantage of their period of domination when Marcos dispossessed Nicolas Nkoulou before racing in on goal and firing past Mandanda.

The goal woke up OM, who struck back nine minutes from time when Nkoulou's header deflected off Jarjat and past a wrong-footed Thuram.

A minute later and they were ahead. Substitute Modou Sougou got free inside the penalty area on the right, and he passed to Gignac who finished from close range.

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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