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Marseille return to winning ways

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a late penalty as Marseille beat struggling Sochaux 2-1 in Ligue 1 for their first win in eight games.

Gignac struck his spot-kick firmly down the middle in the 83rd minute for his fifth league goal of the season, handing Marseille their first win since September after six defeats and one draw in the previous seven games.

Defender Mathieu Peybernes was adjudged to have handled Gignac's shot and the referee gave the penalty after consulting his linesman, prompting an angry reaction from Sochaux coach Herve Renard.

Winger Florian Thauvin scored for the third time in the past four games to put Marseille ahead in the fifth minute, heading in Benjamin Mendy's cross from the left, and he almost scored again midway through the first half only to be denied by goalkeeper Simon Pouplin.

Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka leveled in the 60th minute with a superb strike from the right side of the penalty area into the top left corner.

Marseille, which have lost all four of its matches in the Champions League this season, is in fifth place with 21 points, two points behind fourth-place Nantes, who won 3-0 at Bordeaux earlier Sunday.

Midfielder Vincent Bessat opened the scoring for Nantes shortly before half-time and defender Papy Djilobodji made it 2-0 in the 61st minute before Filip Djordjevic grabbed his eighth goal of the season shortly after to complete a convincing win.

Lyon improved to seventh place after a dramatic last-gasp 2-1 win away to bitter rival Saint-Etienne.

Jimmy Briand headed in Yoann Gourcuff's cross deep into injury time to give Lyon a morale-boosting win.

Gourcuff came on as a substitute with 20 minutes remaining and jinked his way down the left flank before clipping over a cross toward the penalty spot, where Briand leapt superbly to nod the ball into the top left corner.

Alexandre Lacazette gave the visitors the lead in the 48th minute, thumping in the rebound after Bafetimbi Gomis' header had been saved by goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

Winger Romain Hamouma equalized for the hone side midway through the second half after striker Brandao jumped higher than left back Henri Bedimo and nodded the ball down to Hamouma.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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