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By Patrick Haond
Paris Saint Germain coach Vahid Halilhodzic praised his charges for their hard fought success at Marseille.

Fabrice Fiorese's last gasp strike gave the Parisians a priceless 1-0 win at Stade Velodrome to keep them in the hunt for a UEFA Champions League spot, much to the delight of the Bosnian.

He said: "It was a difficult match, but a win here is a feat in itself.

"We have fought hard and we knew we would get some counter attacks in the centre.

"We could wait until the last minute to score. We knew Marseille would dominate, notably in the air.

"You can say it's unfair if you want, but we have won and I would take victory like that every time. There is not only luck in our victories away from home, there is something else, solidarity, fighting spirit and determination.

"Our present ambitions? To stay as high as possible. Lyon, Monaco and Marseille are better than us, but when we play like that, everything is possible."

L'OM boss Alain Perrin admitted he was left totally frustrated and dejected at the defeat against his side's bitter rivals.

He said: "We feel really disappointed and we are all down-hearted.

"There are no words to describe what we are feeling. To dominate the game as we did and lose in the last minute, it is very difficult.

"It is boring to have to always live the same scenario. Like my players, I am discouraged because when you give a lot during the week, and you have a good match, it is much more difficult to take.

"I can't fault my players for anything. We did our best, but the goalkeeper, the post and the referee have prevented us from taking advantage.

"We had bad luck. It is not reassuring to lose tonight as we will play against Monaco in a few days.

"Monaco is way ahead of us though and I really don't know what to say to my players."

In other news, PSG defender Bernard Mendy sustained a thigh injury during the game and is a doubt for Wednesday's match against Strasbourg.