Marseille win to keep Euro spot in sight

Marseille's Senegalese forward Bamba Dieng (R) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Marseille's Moroccan midfielder Amine Harit (L) during the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and SC Montpellier at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southern France, on April 10, 2022.


Marseille have stretched their winning run to seven games in all competitions to return to second place in Ligue 1 with a 2-0 victory over Montpellier.

Amine Harit set up Senegal striker Bamba Dieng for the opener in the ninth minute.

Turkey winger Cengiz Under doubled the lead with a penalty in the 19th after Montpellier midfielder Jordan Ferri brought down Gerson.

Montpellier goalkeeper Jonas Omlin was sent off in the 90th for fouling Luis Henrique outside the area.

Marseille trail run-away leader sParis Saint-Germain by 12 points but kept a three-point cushion over third-place Rennes.

The top two French clubs enter the group stage of the Champions League while the third-place club goes to the third qualifying round of the lucrative European competition.

We are on a very good run of form, Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi told Amazon Prime Video. 

We're really having very good games now. We will be ready for the final sprint.

Nice's Champions League hopes took a hit with a 3-0 defeat to 10-man Lens.

Lens was down to 10 players in the 17th when wing back Massadio Haidara was sent off for kicking Youcef Atal while attempting a clearance.

Unhappy with the referee's decision, Lens supporters threw projectiles onto the field, forcing stadium stewards to use a net in the 34th to protect Nice forward Amine Gouiri, who was taking a free kick.

Lens substitute Arnaud Kalimuendo scored against the run of play with a sliding effort in the 51st. Mali international Cheick Doucoure added a second goal by curling into the top corner in the 55th.

Kalimuendo beat the offside trap to score in the 67th.

Nice itself finished with only nine players as Mario Lemina received a second yellow card for a foul on Doucoure in the 57th, and Brazilian centre back Dante was red-carded for a scissor tackle on Kalimuendo in stoppage time.

Fourth-place Strasbourg extended their unbeaten run to nine games by drawing 1-1 with mid-table Lyon.

Sixth-place Monaco edged Troyes 2-1 with goals from Caio Henrique and Kevin Volland.

Lille drew 1-1 with Angers while in the Brittany derby Brest captain Brendan Chardonnet salvaged a 1-1 draw by converting a rebound in the 67th to cancel out Nantes striker Randal Kolo Muani's 12th league goal in the 11th.

The game was suspended twice because supporters threw flares onto the field in the first half and the field was then invaded by supporters in the second half.

Bordeaux snapped a four-game goal drought to beat Metz 3-1 and move within two points of safety and a point off the relegation playoff spot.

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