FRENCH LIGUE 1

Stade Velodrome, France

Attendance: 32554

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Marseille

  • Andre Ayew 40'
  • Mathieu Valbuena 68'

2 - 2

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Nice

  • Darío Cvitanich 51'
  • Fabrice Abriel 89'

Marseille v Nice: Preview

Marseille have the chance to go back to the top of Ligue 1 - even if it is only for a few hours - when they play lowly Nice at home tomorrow afternoon.

The game comes after they were given a costly reminder about the need to stay focused, conceding an equaliser deep into injury time in their Europa League match with Borussia Monchengladbach.

But for that the headlines would have gone to Joey Barton, who scored direct from a corner for his first Marseille goal since he joined in September on a season-long loan from QPR.

Barton has still to make his league debut for his new club, being forced to serve out the remaining nine games of his 12-match ban imposed by the Premier League for violent conduct against Manchester City on the final day of last season.

Without him, Marseille won their opening six games of the campaign, but their 2-0 victory at Ajaccio last weekend followed three defeats in which they failed to score.

It was a welcome boost after the news that striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, their top scorer this season, had been ruled out for six weeks with a fractured left foot.

Ghanaian brothers Andrew and Jordan Ayew got the goals, and with leaders Paris St Germain losing to St Etienne, the two sides were left level on points - and Marseille have a game in hand.

Nice, yet to win away from home, moved four points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over bottom side Nancy last Saturday, but left it late.

The winner came from Eric Bautheac in the 83rd minute.

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