French league: Marseille edges, Nancy draws

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Boudewijn Zenden scored on Sunday for Marseille to beat Lens 1-0 and move out of the relegation zone in the French league.

Updated: October 25, 2007 06:46 IST
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Boudewijn Zenden scored on Sunday for Marseille to beat Lens 1-0 and move out of the relegation zone in the French league.

The Dutch winger ran down the left wing, before cutting inside to hit a low drive inside the near post in the 75th minute.

Mamadou Niang missed a chance to make the game safe for Marseille in the 83rd, heading wide from six meters on a cross from Mathieu Valbuena.

Niang was also denied in the 49th by Lens goalkeeper Vedran Runje, who dived to stop the Senegal striker's header from a corner.

By recording its first win at home this season and snapping a three-game losing streak, Marseille moved up one spot to 17th place with 10 points from 11 games.

"We gave everything tonight," Valbuena told Canal Plus television. "At the end of the game, I was completely exhausted but that's normal.

"The most important was the three points. We hadn't won yet at home (before tonight's game)."

Marseille dominated the first half, but could not do much with the numerous corners it won.

Lens nearly opened the scoring in the 23rd on a counterattack. Ivory Coast forward Aruna Dindane burst down the right wing to cross the ball inside the area to Yohan Dumont, but goalkeeper Steve Mandanda cleared Dumont's shot off the line.

In the 39th, Zenden collected a pass from Valbuena to shoot from the edge of the box, but Runje saved it.

Earlier on Sunday, second-place Nancy missed an opportunity to join Lyon in equal first place, drawing 1-1 with Sochaux.

Brazilian forward Kim put Nancy ahead in the 26th minute, deflecting in a 30-meter free kick from Pascal Berenguer that wrong-footed Sochaux goalkeeper Teddy Richert.

Sochaux almost equalized three minutes later when Senegal defender Guiranne N'Daw collected a free kick from Slovenia forward Valter Birsa to kick the ball into the net from close range. But the goal was disallowed for offside, although video replays showed N'Daw had clearly beat the offside trap.

Turkish striker Mevlut Erding equalized for Sochaux in the 57th, chipping the ball over goalkeeper Gennaro Bracigliano off a pass from Mickael Isabey.

Nancy is second with 23 points from 10 games.

"We scored two legitimate goals," Sochaux coach Frederic Hantz told Canal Plus television. "In our eyes, we won 2-1. To get a draw at Nancy tonight is a good result."

On Saturday, Lyon beat Monaco 3-1 with goals from Juninho, Anthony Reveillere and Karim Benzema to record its seventh victory in eight league games.

The defending champion leads the standings with 25 points from 11 games.

On Saturday, it was: Rennes 3, Le Mans 0; Strasbourg 1, Bordeaux 1; Nice 3, Metz 1; Toulouse 0, Saint-Etienne 2; Caen 1, Lille 0; Auxerre 5, Lorient 3 and Valenciennes 0, Paris Saint-Germain 0.

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