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Municipal du Ray 31st March 2013 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: L Duhamel

Nice Nice vs Marseille Marseille

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Marseille 1

A Gignac (15)

Marseille move up

Last Updated: 31/03/13 4:13pm

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Gignac (right) got the only goal of the game

Gignac (right) got the only goal of the game

Marseille leapfrogged Lyon into second place in Ligue 1 following an impressive first away win of the year in Nice.

A solitary first-half Andre-Pierre Gignac header was enough to claim all three points for the visitors and their first win in three saw them move seven points behind leaders Paris St Germain.

A third defeat in four meant Nice missed a great opportunity to move up to fourth and with it put a large dent in their Champions League aspirations.

Nice were first to go close inside 10 minutes when Eric Bautheac's superb volley from the edge of the area brought a solid save out of Steve Mandanda.

But Marseille's early dominance paid off on the quarter-hour. Mathieu Valbuena's run and shot was deflected away but the diminutive Frenchman picked out Gignac at the near post from the resulting corner and he headed beyond David Ospina to open the scoring.

Nice nearly hauled themselves back into the game when Rod Fanni headed Jeremy Pied's free-kick towards his own goal but the defender was lucky to see the ball come back off Mandanda's left post.

Ospina was called into action with 30 minutes played when Gignac found himself one-on-one but his left-footed effort was turned away by the Mexican.

Nice did have the ball in the back of the net before the break but Dario Cvitanich was rightly ruled offside.

The hosts came out with intent following the interval and went close twice in the space of a minute.

First Bautheac met the impressive Pied's cross with his head but failed to find the target before Camel Meriem brought a save out of Mandanda with a rasping 30-yard drive.

The intensity shown in the early part of the match began to die off but Timothee Kolodziejczak managed to get a decent 25-yard volley on target without really testing Mandanda.

With 15 minutes left, Nice were given an opportunity to draw level. Bautheac was brought down on the edge of the area and Didier Digard powered the resulting free-kick direct at goal but the wall did its job and deflected the ball out for a corner.

Shortly after Benoit Cheyrou appeared to handle the ball under pressure from Pied in the area but Nice's penalty claims were waved away.

Marseille wasted a late opportunity to double their lead when Andre Ayew miscued following a counter attack but the visitors had already done enough to claim the three points.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29