Mar­seille see out old era with win

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MAR­SEILLE pre­pared for a new US-owned era by squeez­ing past Metz 1-0 yes­ter­day thanks to Bafe­timbi Gomis’s first half goal. In the last match of the Louis-Drey­fus era, un­der-per­form­ing Mar­seille gave their long­suf­fer­ing fans some rare cheer in a mis­er­able sea­son that re­gard­less sees them sit 12th in Ligue 1. Gomis net­ted his sixth of the sea­son to give Amer­i­can owner Frank McCourt some hope ahead of the first match un­der his ten­ure, due on Sun­day next when cham­pi­ons Paris Saint-Ger­main will pro­vide a daunt­ing test. De­spite their un­der­whelm­ing start to this cam­paign, it was at least a third home win this sea­son for Mar­seille – as many as in the whole of the last cam­paign where they fin­ished 13th. The game it­self was for­get­table in a Velo­drome that was well un­der half full. The win­ning goal came on 13 min­utes as Gomis was quick­est to the re­bound af­ter Metz goal­keeper Thomas Didil­lon had pushed out his header from a cor­ner.In the day’s other games, Saint Eti­enne had a some­what gen­er­ouslyawarded penalty deep into stop­page time to thank for res­cu­ing a point at home to lowly Di­jon. Nolan Roux con­verted from the spot to can­cel out Pierre Less-Melou’s 22nd minute opener. It also fin­ished 1-1 be­tween Rennes and Bordeaux. Nice went four points clear at the top with a 2-0 win over Lyon on Friday night as Monaco lost 3-1 at fourth­placed Toulouse. PSG moved above Monaco on goal dif­fer­ence with a 2-1 win at Nancy on Sat­ur­day thanks to early goals from Lu­cas Moura and Edin­son Ca­vani.

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