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By ESPN Staff
Oct 4, 2008

Ligue 1: Niang gets Marseille back to winning ways

PARIS, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Olympique Marseille ended a five-week spell without a win when Mamadou Niang's header clinched a 2-1 win over Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

The hosts opened the scoring after two minutes with a 20-metre drive from France forward Hatem Ben Arfa.

Steve Savidan levelled for Caen 17 minutes later after pouncing on a misunderstanding between Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and defender Ronald Zubar.

Eric Gerets's side, however, were rewarded for their effort when Senegal striker Niang struck his third goal of the season on the hour.

Marseille, despite having midfielder Karim Ziani sent off in the 69th minute for a second bookable offence, held on and remain third in the table with 16 points from eight games, three points adrift of leaders Olympique Lyon.

The seven times champions visit Stade Rennes on Sunday (1500 GMT).

Surprise package Toulouse are second on 17 points after an Andre-Pierre Gignac goal nine minutes into the second half earned a 1-0 home win over AJ Auxerre.

Girondins Bordeaux moved up to fifth, level with Le Mans on 14 points, as they bounced back from their Champions League defeat by AS Roma with a 2-1 triumph at Lorient.

The home team took command in the 59th minute with a Michael Ciani goal but Brazilian midfielder Fernando scored twice in three minutes to earn Bordeaux all three points.

Nantes moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a 1-0 win at fellow promoted side Grenoble.

The northern derby went Lille's way as Jacques Abardonado's own goal in the 69th minute was enough to beat Valenciennes 1-0.

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