Marseille scores winner in 94th minute
Rod Fanni's 94th-minute goal kept Marseille's Ligue 1 title challenge alive with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Valenciennes at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday.
Starting the weekend eight points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille knew it could not afford another slip after a disappointing run of form since the winter break.
But despite dominating the match from start to finish, Marseille could not find a breakthrough until deep into injury time when Fanni beat his man to fire a low shot into the goal and relieve the pressure.
The win sends Marseille into second place, at least until Lyon faces a tricky trip to Bordeaux on Sunday.
Nice moved up to fourth in the congested scramble for European places with a 1-0 win over Bastia.
Neal Maupay scored the only goal of the game just after the hour mark, condemning Bastia to a defeat that leaves the Corsicans just three points above the bottom three.
Lorient is seventh, three points behind Nice, after beating Evian 2-1.
Jeremie Aliadiere opened the scoring from the penalty spot three minutes before halftime after he was fouled by Ebert Betao.
Kevin Monnet-Paquet doubled the lead in the 77th minute with a powerful close-range finish, and although Betao soon got one back with an outstanding volley, Lorient hung on.
Toulouse scored twice in the final five minutes to deny Troyes a much-needed win in a barnstorming finish to their 2-2 draw.
But Eden Ben Basat got one back in the 86th minute, striking a post but then getting the ball back from Aymen Abdennour to make sure the second time around, while Etienne Didot lobbed Yohann Thuram-Ulien to level in the 88th minute.
Troyes does at least move off the foot of the table, four points from safety, thanks to Nancy's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Montpellier.
Brest and Ajaccio shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.