Olympique Marseille beat Nantes 2-1 in Ligue 1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Nantes were looking to maintain their recent run of good form when they travelled south to face Marseille in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Olympique Marseille beat Nantes 2-1 in Ligue 1

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Nantes were looking to maintain their recent run of good form when they travelled south to face Marseille in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday. The visitors went close to scoring the opening goal in the 18th minute - Habib Bamogo rolling a shot just wide of Fabien Barthez's left-hand post. But Marseille took the lead ten minutes later. Wilson Oruma passed the ball to Mamadou Niang and went clear in the penalty area after a clever backheel from his teammate. Oruma took one touch before slotting his shot past Michael Landreau in the Nantes goal. Franck Ribery went close to doubling the home side's lead four minutes into the second half, but the French under-21 international's free-kick hit the crossbar with Landreau beaten. Another free-kick at the other end of the pitch saw Nantes pull level in the 60th minute. Defensive wallBamogo's strike deflected off his teammate Mamadou Diallo in the defensive wall, which diverted the ball into the goal with Barthez going the wrong way. However, Ribery put Marseille back in front in the 73rd minute with an outstanding strike. The midfielder struck the ball perfectly from around 40 yards, firing his shot over Landreau and finding the back of the net with the help of the underside of the crossbar. Landreau performed a brilliant succession of saves in the final minutes to keep the deficit down to just one goal. He punched Frederic Dehu's free-kick away, then stopped Andres Mendoza's volley from the rebound and pushed Samir Nasri's drive wide of his far post as the home side went in search of a third goal. But Marseille went on to win 2-1 and they moved above Nantes in the Ligue 1 standings, climbing two places to 10th. (AP)



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