French Ligue 1
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Marseille 2-1 Lens

Florian Thauvin
Florian Thauvin's winning goal means Marseille have gained seven victories in their last eight home Ligue 1 games

Marseille moved four points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as they gained a nervy home victory against Lens.

Defender Nicolas N'Koulou put the hosts ahead with a diving header from Florian Thauvin's corner, before Baptiste Guillaume equalised from 12 yards out.

Thauvin restored Marseille's lead, finishing off a passing move involving Dimitri Payet and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Home midfielder Alaixys Romao was sent off for two bookable offences late on, but Marseille held on for the win.

Lens nearly snatched an equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time but Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda blocked an effort from substitute Yoann Touzghar.

Marseille, who last won the Ligue 1 title in 2009-10, travel to face defending champions Paris St-Germain in their next league game on 9 November.

Nicolas N'Koulou
Nicolas N'Koulou's opening goal for Marseille was the central defender's fourth in Ligue 1 this season
Baptiste Guillaume
Nineteen-year-old Baptiste Guillaume scored his first Ligue 1 goal of the season to equalise for Lens
Marcelo Bielsa
Marcelo Bielsa's Marseille side travel to face 2013-14 champions Paris St-Germain in their next Ligue 1 match

Line-ups

Marseille

  • 30Mandanda
  • 24Fanni
  • 3N'Koulou
  • 20RomaoBooked at 76mins
  • 14ThauvinSubstituted forAndonianat 80'minutes
  • 8Lemina
  • 10A Ayew
  • 25ImbulaBooked at 81mins
  • 23MendyBooked at 72mins
  • 17PayetSubstituted forAloeat 68'minutes
  • 9Gignac

Substitutes

  • 2Aloe
  • 11Alessandrini
  • 12Andonian
  • 16Samba
  • 18Tuiloma
  • 22Batshuayi
  • 27Barrada

Lens

  • 40Belon
  • 3Cavare
  • 22Landre
  • 4Kantari
  • 24Baal
  • 6Le MoigneSubstituted forGbaminat 35'minutes
  • 29BourigeaudSubstituted forTouzgharat 70'minutes
  • 18ValdiviaBooked at 79mins
  • 23CyprienSubstituted forEl Jadeyaouiat 79'minutes
  • 19Guillaume
  • 11Chavarria

Substitutes

  • 7Touzghar
  • 9Coulibaly
  • 14N'Diaye
  • 21El Jadeyaoui
  • 25Gbamin
  • 33Ba
  • 41Henriques de Pinho
Referee:
Bartolomeu Varela
Attendance:
52,803

Match Stats

Home TeamMarseilleAway TeamLens
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Marseille 2, Lens 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Marseille 2, Lens 1.

Gael Andonian (Marseille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Lens).

Attempt saved. Yoann Touzghar (Lens) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alharbi El Jadeyaoui with a through ball.

Foul by Baptiste Aloe (Marseille).

Yoann Touzghar (Lens) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Benjamin Mendy (Marseille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pablo Chavarria (Lens).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Marseille).

Corner, Marseille. Conceded by Ahmed Kantari.

Attempt missed. Ahmed Kantari (Lens) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Pierrick Valdivia.

André-Pierre Gignac (Marseille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ahmed Kantari (Lens).

Attempt blocked. Alharbi El Jadeyaoui (Lens) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

Foul by Rod Fanni (Marseille).

Pablo Chavarria (Lens) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rod Fanni (Marseille).

Ludovic Baal (Lens) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Giannelli Imbula (Marseille) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Giannelli Imbula (Marseille).

Dimitri Kevin Cavare (Lens) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Marseille. Gael Andonian replaces Florian Thauvin.

Substitution

Substitution, Lens. Alharbi El Jadeyaoui replaces Wylan Cyprien.

Booking

Pierrick Valdivia (Lens) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mario Lemina (Marseille) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pierrick Valdivia (Lens).

Attempt saved. Giannelli Imbula (Marseille) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jacques-Alaixys Romao (Marseille).

Attempt missed. Giannelli Imbula (Marseille) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mario Lemina.

Booking

Benjamin Mendy (Marseille) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Benjamin Mendy (Marseille).

Dimitri Kevin Cavare (Lens) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Yoann Touzghar (Lens) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Chavarria.

Substitution

Substitution, Lens. Yoann Touzghar replaces Benjamin Bourigeaud.

Foul by André Ayew (Marseille).

Loïck Landre (Lens) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Marseille. Baptiste Aloe replaces Dimitri Payet.

Foul by Nicolas N'Koulou (Marseille).

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