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French Ligue 1

Stade Velodrome 7th March 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: L Duhamel

Marseille Marseille vs Nice Nice


Nice 1

V Eysseric (66)

Landmark win for Nice

Last Updated: 07/03/14 10:27pm

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Florian Thauvin of Marseille shoots for goal

Florian Thauvin of Marseille shoots for goal

Nice marked their 2,000th game in the French top flight with an impressive 1-0 win on the road at Mediterranean rivals Marseille.

Valentin Eysseric bagged the only goal at Stade Velodrome to move Nice to 11th in the Ligue 1 standings, while defeat for Marseille deals a further blow to their hopes of securing Champions League football next season.

OM could see the gap to third-placed Lille increase to nine points by the end of the weekend, surely too big a divide to bridge over the final 10 games of the season.

The match was a special one for the visitors as they marked a significant milestone in the history of the club, which was one of the founder members of what would become Ligue 1 back in 1932 and has spent a total of 55 seasons in the top flight.

But celebrations were the furthest thing from the visiting players' minds in the opening exchanges as Marseille went on the offensive, with Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet both going close to the opener inside 10 minutes.

The one-way traffic continued and with 25 minutes gone Thauvin went close again, controlling a cross on his chest before hitting a volley on the run that flew inches wide with David Ospina beaten.

Thauvin and Payet looked the men most likely to break the deadlock and they combined well with four minutes of the first period remaining, Payet finishing the move with a curling effort that Ospina punched away.

And Ospina was again in action early in the second half, getting down well to block Saber Khelifa's first-time drive.

Having soaked up the pressure Nice hit the hosts with a sucker punch with 66 minutes on the clock, Eysseric winning a free-kick on the edge of the area and picking himself up to dispatch a crisp finish over the wall and beyond the reach of Steve Mandanda, who until that moment had had little to do.

Marseille searched for a leveller over the final quarter of the match but Mathieu Valbuena saw a powerful strike bravely headed away by Mathieu Bodmer, while Nicolas N'Koulou's header from Thauvin's 87th-minute corner drew yet more good work from Ospina.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23