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Marseille close in on PSG after downing Bordeaux

Reuters, PARIS

Andre-Pierre Gignac struck the only goal for the second game in a row as second-placed Olympique de Marseille beat Girondins de Bordeaux 1-0 on Friday to move within four points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Gignac, who also scored in Sunday’s 1-0 win at OGC Nice, grabbed his 11th league goal of the season when he beat visiting goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso in the 41st minute.

He needed a large dose of luck though as Bordeaux centerback Lamine Sane slipped in the box while trying to intercept a long pass by Benoit Cheyrou.

Marseille have 57 points, four behind PSG who were due to visit mid-table Stade Rennais yesterday. Olympique Lyonnais, third on 53 points, travel to lowly Stade de Reims today.

Bordeaux, who have scored only three goals in eight league games, are ninth with 43 points.

The hosts went close after 10 minutes when Foued Kadir took advantage of confusion in the box only to see his curling effort go just wide.

The fare was generally dull in the first half as Marseille toiled without playmaker Mathieu Valbuena.

The second period was not much better with home goalkeeper Steve Mandanda making his first save in the 70th minute by parrying a Nicolas Maurice-Belay shot.

Henri Saivet also headed over the Marseille crossbar in the 75th minute.

Marseille’s clean sheet was their fourth in succession in the league.

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