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French Ligue 1

Stade de la Mosson (ATT 19,757) 11th April 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: W Bien

Montpellier Montpellier vs Marseille Marseille

Montpellier 2

R Cabella (48)
M Sanson (79)


Marseille 3

M Valbuena (42)
A Gignac (58)
D Payet (89)

Payet joy for Marseille

Last Updated: 11/04/14 10:13pm

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Andre-Pierre Gignac found the target for Marseille

Andre-Pierre Gignac found the target for Marseille

Dimitri Payet's late winner handed Marseille a 3-2 win at Montpellier to further boost their Europa League chances on Friday night.

Mathieu Valbuena had put OM ahead but Remy Cabella equalised just after half-time before Andre-Pierre Gignac handed the visitors back their lead.

Morgan Sanson then levelled things up again with 11 minutes to play but Payet struck nine minutes later to hand Jose Anigo's men all three points.

The win moves Marseille to within four points of St Etienne in fourth.

Andre Ayew had a chance to put the visitors ahead after just five minutes when he got on the end of a Valbuena corner but his header went over the bar.

Ayew had another chance midway through the half and this time he hit the target but goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren was equal to his shot.

Marseille were dominating proceedings and Joudren was called into action once again as he saved a Gignac header.

The goal eventually arrived four minutes before the break and it was worth the wait as Valbuena finished off a slick passing move with a lobbed finish.

But the leveller landed just two minutes after the break as Anthony Mounier and Garry Bocaly combined to find

Cabella who volleyed home.

Marseille were back ahead in the 57th when Saber Khalifa cross took a touch off Mounier and fell nicely for Gignac who cut inside and fired home.

Both sides were attacking and when M'Baye Niang found Cabella his shot was saved by Steve Mandana but Sanson was on hand to slot home the rebound.

The game looked set to be heading for a draw but it was a slice of good fortune that handed Marseille the win as Payet's shot took a deflection off Hilton and looped over Joudren and into the net.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11