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Stade Velodrome (ATT 38,104) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

Marseille Marseille vs Lorient Lorient

Marseille 1

A Gignac (82)


Marseille maintain Euro push

Last Updated: 22/02/14 7:53pm

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Goalscorer Gignac celebrates at the final whistle

Goalscorer Gignac celebrates at the final whistle

Marseille maintained their push for European football with a 1-0 win over Lorient.

Andre-Pierre Gignac's goal with just eight minutes to play handed all three points to L'OM who extended their unbeaten league run to five games.

Lorient have now gone four games without a win and look to be condemned to a mid-table finish despite having 13 Ligue 1 games remaining.

The visitors had the first chance as Yann Jouffre crossed a long ball toward Vincent Aboubakar who beat Nicolas N'Koulou inside the penalty area but could only fire into the side-netting.

Marseille looked to hit back and Andre Ayew made a charging run down the left but Gignac could only direct his cross narrowly wide.

The home side were having slightly the better of it but Lorient nearly took the lead in spectacular fashion as Jeremie Aliadiere attempted an overhead kick from Kevin Monnet-Paquet's pass but fired just wide of the target.

It had been an even first half but L'OM took control after the interval and Mathieu Valbuena brought a smart save out of Fabien Audard just two minutes after the break.

Raphael Guerreiro then tried a long-range drive for the visitors but Steve Mandanda had no problem turning it away,

Dimitri Payet then unleashed a piledriver down the other end which Lamine Kone deflected behind.

Moments later Valbuena found Gignac who beat Wesley Lautoa to find himself one-on-one with Audard but the keeper did well to make a save.

Just five minutes later the duo combined again and it was Audard who came to the rescue once more, palming Gignac's effort behind for a corner.

The stopper was having a stunning afternoon and made his best save of the game with 12 minutes remaining as Payet's free-kick took a deflection off Benoit Cheyrou and Audard managed to turn it around the post at full stretch.

Eventually the pressure told, though, and when Guerreiro made a mess of a clearance, Gignac was on hand to roll the ball home.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15