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LFP: Bordeaux defeat Marseille to keep the title race alive

LYON FEEL THE HEAT With two games left to go Bordeaux are just two points behind leaders Lyon after a last-gasp goal gave them the win they needed

AFP , PARIS

Marseille forward Mamadou Niang, right, heads the ball in front of Bordeaux’s Mathieu Chalme during their match in Marseille, France, on Sunday.

PHOTO: AP

A last-gasp strike from Pierre Ducasse handed Bordeaux a crucial 2-1 victory over Marseille on Sunday to keep the French title race alive and kicking.

Bordeaux now go into next week’s penultimate match of the season against Sochaux with a two point deficit to six-time champions Lyon, who slipped up on Saturday and dropped two points when they were held to a scoreless draw at Nice.

Marseille were gifted the lead in stunning fashion when Mahamadou Niang followed through his run to score into an empty net after Bordeaux keeper Ulrich Rame had fluffed an attempted clearing header outside his penalty area.

But in the second half the hosts were unable to add to their lead and when Bordeaux claimed a deserved equalizer in the 79th minute through Brazilian Wendell they looked capable of causing an upset.

Confirmation of that came in the first minute of injury time when the Marseille defense was left at sixes and sevens as Bordeaux midfielder Marouane Chamakh held up the ball beautifully before laying off for the onrushing Ducasse.

His first time shot sailed past Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda to lodge itself into the top right hand corner to hand Bordeaux the win.

Elsewhere on Sunday Saint Etienne and Lille played out a scoreless draw.

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