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Football: 'New boss' Bielsa sees Marseille edge late win

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Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa, who is widely tipped to take charge at Marseille, watched the struggling French giants clinch an 89th-minute winner for a 3-2 triumph at Montpellier on Friday.

The 58-year-old Bielsa, who has also coached Chile and Althletic Bilbao in Spain and is favourite to succeed the besieged Jose Anigo, took his seat at Montpellier 45 minutes before kick-off.

He then looked on as Marseille twice gave up a one-goal lead before going on to record their sixth away win of the season.

The three points kept them in sixth place in Ligue 1 on 51 points, the same as Lyon, who host leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

They are still nine points off the final Champions League qualifying place for next season.

Andre Ayew, who scored a hat-trick in Marseille's 3-1 home win over Ajaccio last weekend, was denied by the woodwork before Mathieu Valbuena, with a clever lob, put Marseille ahead three minutes from half-time.

Montpellier, the 2012 champions who had made sure of their Ligue 1 status for next season with a 2-1 win at Guingamp last week, were level after 48 minutes.

M'Baye Niang was the man on target after being set-up by Remy Cabella, who will leave the club at the end of the campaign.

Marseille were back in front on the hour mark when top-scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac scored with a half-volley for his 14th league strike of the season with Dja Djedje creating the chance down the right wing.

Back came Montpellier for 2-2 after 78 minutes when Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda could only parry Cabella's drive into the path of Morgan Sanson, who had come on as a substitute just two minutes earlier.

But in the 89th minute Marseille substitute Dimitri Payet grabbed the winner with a shot which deflected off the foot of a defender and looped over the head of stranded goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren.

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