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Bordeaux diminish Marseille’s European competition hope with 2-0 win
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Bordeaux diminish Marseille’s European competition hope with 2-0 win

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Paris, Apr 6 : Marseille saw their hope of qualifying for next season's European competition dented with a 2-0 defeat at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Bordeaux scored in each half by Francois Kamano and Nicolas De Preville. They provisionally climb to 11th at the table. Marseille remain fifth, but could slip further after the 31st round matches.

Bordeaux heated up quicker into the duel with consecutive attack at home after the kick-off, while the visiting side almost scored the opener as Boubacar Kamara's close-range header was denied by goalkeeper Benoit Costil in the eighth minute.

Misery arrived for Marseille midfielder Nemanja Radonjic later on. He cleared the ball in Jimmy Briand's path, only to see outstreched goalkeeper Steve Mandanda deny the veteran striker's attempt with feet in the 23rd minute. Then the Serbian was penalized for a handball inside the box four minutes later. Kamano had no errors on the ensuing spot kick to move the hosts in front.

Bordeaux doubled their advantage through a 71st-minute counter-attack. De Preville collected the ball following consecutive passes, before firing a low shot at target against Kamara's defense.

Bordeaux withstood the send-off of defender Pablo for retaliatory foul on Italian striker Mario Balotelli to bag full points.

Unparalleled Paris Saint-Germain, with 20-point advantage in hand, could secure their sixth league title over seven seasons after Sunday's action, if they triumphed over Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes and second-placed Lille failed to win at Reims.
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