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Football: Lille squander chance to further European cause

Lille let slip a chance to cement their claims on Champions League football next season when held to a goalless draw at home by Nantes in Ligue 1 on Saturday. The northern French side, who were assured of remaining in third place irrespective of the result, are now on 53 points, six adrift of Monaco who are away to Lyon on Sunday. Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain are also in action on Sunday, Laurent Blanc's team welcoming fourth-placed Saint-Etienne to the Parc des Princes. Lyon and St-Etienne are Lille's main rivals for Champions League qualification.

Football: Stalemate no help to Marseille or Reims

Reims and Marseille drew 1-1 on Friday night in a result that did neither side's European qualification aspirations any good. Antoine Devaux gave the hosts the lead midway through the second period when he headed home a cross from full-back Franck Signorino. But the 1993 European champions earnt a deserved equaliser 10 minutes from time when France forward Andre-Pierre Gignac tapped home at the back post after Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa missed a cross from Rod Fanni.

Football: Stalemate no help to Marseille or Reims

Reims and Marseille drew 1-1 on Friday night in a result that did neither side's European qualification aspirations any good. Antoine Devaux gave the hosts the lead midway through the second period when he headed home a cross from full-back Franck Signorino. But the 1993 European champions earnt a deserved equaliser 10 minutes from time when France forward Andre-Pierre Gignac tapped home at the back post after Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa missed a cross from Rod Fanni.

Football: Marseille suffer derby woe as Champs League hopes fade

French giants Marseille's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League suffered a huge blow with a 1-0 defeat at home to struggling Nice in the Cote d'Azur derby on Friday. Marseille coach Jose Anigo had complained before the game about the quick turnaround just 48 hours after Wednesday's international friendlies. And his fears proved justified as the former European champions produced a poor display and fell to Valentin Eysseric's sumptuous 66th-minute free-kick. But he insisted the lack of suspended striker Andre-Pierre Gignac played a greater role.

Football: Late Gignac goal secures win for Marseille

Andre-Pierre Gignac struck eight minutes from time to earn Marseille a 1-0 win against Lorient on Saturday and move them to within just two points of the Champions League places. The result stretched Marseille's unbeaten league run to five matches and left them trailing both Lille and Saint-Etienne, who climbed to third following a 1-0 triumph at Bastia, by just two points with 12 matches still to play. "In the first half we lacked movement and accuracy with our passes," said OM interim boss Jose Anigo afterwards.

Football: Late Gignac goal secures win for Marseille

Andre-Pierre Gignac struck eight minutes from time to earn Marseille a 1-0 win against Lorient on Saturday and move them to within just two points of the Champions League places. The result stretched Marseille's unbeaten league run to five matches and left them trailing both Lille and Saint-Etienne, who climbed to third following a 1-0 triumph at Bastia, by just two points with 12 matches still to play. "In the first half we lacked movement and accuracy with our passes," said OM interim boss Jose Anigo afterwards.

Football: Late Gignac goal secures win for Marseille

Andre-Pierre Gignac struck eight minutes from time to earn Marseille a 1-0 win against Lorient on Saturday and move them to within just two points of the Champions League places. The result stretched Marseille's unbeaten league run to five matches as Jose Anigo's side moved fourth, swapping places with Saint-Etienne, with whom they drew 1-1 last weekend. "In the first half we lacked movement and accuracy with our passes," said Anigo afterwards.

Football: Lille snap drought, Marseille boost Euro prospects

Champions League hopefuls Lille snapped a five match winless run on Saturday as they beat lowly Sochaux 2-0, while Marseille helped their European prospects by easing past Bastia 3-0 in Ligue 1. Eighteen-year-old Divock Origi stabbed home amidst a goalmouth scramble after just three minutes at the Stade Pierre Mauroy before Ryan Mendes added a second goal in second-half stoppage time to strengthen Lille's grip on third place.

Football: Marseille defeat Ajaccio to climb fourth

Last season's runners-up Marseille, picked up their second straight Ligue 1 victory after a slump of seven matches without winning as they defeated Ajaccio 3-1 on Friday in Corsica. Dimitri Payet gave Elie Baup's men the ideal start with a 27th minute opener, only for Grenddy Perozo to level terms four minutes later. Former France international Andre-Pierre Gignac celebrated his recall to the side by restoring the visitors' lead six minutes before half-time before Florian Thauvin wrapped up maximum points on 58 minutes as Marseille climbed to fourth.

Football: Oniangue sparks Reims as Marseille plunge further into crisis

A last-gasp Prince Oniangue winner put the sparkle back into Reims' season on Saturday with a 3-2 win at Ligue 1 rivals Marseille. The side from the Champagne region handed last season's runners-up a fifth straight defeat in all competitions to put Marseille boss Elie Baup under increasing pressure. Baup's side drop to provisional fifth in Ligue 1 having also almost bid farewell to the Champions League after their 2-1 loss to Napoli midweek. "We're in a very difficult period," admitted Baup.
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