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Stade Velodrome 5th April 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: T Chapron

Marseille Marseille vs Bordeaux Bordeaux

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Gignac nets Marseille winner

Last Updated: 05/04/13 10:23pm

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Andre-Pierre Gignac in action for Marseille.

Andre-Pierre Gignac in action for Marseille.

An Andre-Pierre Gignac goal three minutes before half-time guided Marseille to a 1-0 victory over Bordeaux as they closed to within four points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain.

Gignac conjured a superb finish from Foued Kadir's ball from the halfway line as Marseille kept up the pressure on PSG.

Victory was just reward for OM, who dominated the match and collected their second successive win to move four points clear of third-placed Lyon.

Elie Baup's side almost took an early lead when Kadir pounced on a poor clearance by the Bordeaux defence with his low left-footed volley skimming the top right-hand corner of the goal with Cedric Carrasso motionless.

The goalkeeper was then called upon as he punched clear Andre Ayew's left-footed drive, before he pushed Gignac's shot at the far post away for a corner.

However, Carrasso could do little about Marseille's goal close to half-time. Kadir threaded a ball through for Gignac who was running towards goal.

He collected the ball, controlled it and beat defender Ludovic Sane before firing a low shot past Carrasso.

Bordeaux had not shown as an attacking force and again they were forced to rely on Carrasso who managed to backpedal and block Kadir's lob on the goalline before the keeper then went down to block Gignac's snapshot.

It was not until the 70th minute that Bordeaux produced a shot of note, Benoit Tremoulinas crossed towards Nicolas Maurice-Belay who controlled the ball and ran at speed towards goal before firing in a powerful effort which Steve Mandanda was equal to.

Henri Saivet then headed narrowly over from Tremoulinas' corner with the keeper beaten.

However, that spelled the end of Bordeaux's resistance and Marseille almost doubled their lead in the 89th minute - but Joey Barton's 20-yard shot went inches wide.

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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