Marseille keep up the pressure

Marseille maintained their push for a place in next season’s Champions League after coming from behind to claim a thrilling 2-1 win at Monaco.

Marseille maintained their push for a place in next season’s Champions League after coming from behind to claim a thrilling 2-1 win at Monaco.

Jeremy Menez fired the principality club into the lead after just 12 minutes but OM’s Franck Ribery pulled the visitors level on the stroke of half-time.

The Stade Louis II faithful then had to watch on as Marseille battered their south coast rivals in the second half, with the winning goal finally coming from Mamadou Niang’s spot-kick six minutes from full-time.

The three points take Albert Emon’s fourth-placed troops to within a point of Lens and an automatic Champions League berth with just three games remaining.

Monaco already knew they had little more than pride to play for in their remaining games, and this defeat – their first since mid-February – leaves them mired in mid-table obscurity, in 13th place.

A double from Matt Moussilou was enough to give St Etienne a 2-1 victory over Lille to keep their hopes of a UEFA Cup place alive.

It was a thoroughly deserved win for the home side and they declared their intentions by piling the pressure on the Lille defence almost straight from the kick-off.

The home side looked likely to open the scoring at any moment, and that proved the case as Moussilou put them in front on the half-hour mark.

Despite being under pressure in the first-half, Lille came out for the restart with renewed purpose and duly grabbed an equaliser after 59 minutes following a mistake by St Etienne defender Mouhamadou Dabo.

Dabo’s attempted clearance went straight to Kevin Mirallas, who managed to squeeze the ball home from a tight angle.

St Etienne needed to respond and they did it in style as they regained the lead only two minutes later through Moussilou’s second goal.

After a superb build-up, Dernis played a first-time cross into Moussilou who got in front of his marker and produced a fine finish.

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