Marseille leave it late to maintain top spot

PARIS - A late Brandao goal gave Olympique Marseille a 2-1 win at Lorient which kept them top of Ligue 1 on Sunday. Brazilian forward Brandao fired under the crossbar from a Karim Ziani cross 11 minutes from time to put Marseille on 64 points from 32 games. The game was tense and marred by ugly scenes, notably when Marseille midfielder and captain Lorik Cana and Lorient defender Arnaud Le Lan each received a red card for fighting with two minutes left. Lorient opened the scoring from close range through forward Kevin Gameiro but the visitors levelled on the hour from a corner through Argentine defender Renato Civelli. With six games left, the title race looks wide open after Paris St Germain moved up to fourth with a 3-0 demolition of bottom-placed Le Havre. Goals by forward Ludovic Giuly, midfielder Jerome Rothen and striker Guillaume Hoarau put the Parisians level with third-placed Bordeaux on 59 points and sent Le Havre closer to the second division. Marseille and arch-rivals PSG bounced back with victories three days after exiting the UEFA Cup in the quarter-finals with defeats by Ukrainian sides Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev respectively.


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