Second-placed Marseille cut gap to leaders PSG
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Second-placed Marseille cut gap to leaders PSG

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Paris, Feb 17: Marseille scored twice in two minutes to come from one goal down to beat fourth-placed Lille 2-1 on Sunday, cutting the gap to league leaders Paris Saint-Germain to 10 points.

Despite suffering a shocking 4-4 draw with relegation-threatened Amiens on Saturday, defending champions PSG still dominates the table with 62 points from 25 games, while Marseille has 52 after the win.

The victory also kept Andre Villas-Boas' side staying with a comfortable 11-point lead ahead of third-ranked Rennes, who earlier lost to Stade Remis 1-0 on an away match, which means Marseille have the upper hand in the race for the two automatic qualifying places for next season's Champions League.

Lille, however, stayed fourth, only one point behind Rennes, after the loss. The third-finishers of Ligue 1 could secure a spot in the qualifications in Champions League.

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen bagged his 13th league goal of the season in the 51st minute to give Lille a lead in the game.

But Marseille leveled the score in the 67th minute as the hosts' defender Reinildo Mandava diverted Valerie Germain's header into his own net, before Argentine forward Dario Benedetto tapped in another only two minutes later, after receiving a superb low cross from Germain.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Lyon continued their poor form in the league with a 1-1 home draw against Strasbourg. Rudi Garcia's side slipped to the bottom half on the table after the game with 34 points in the 11th place.

Brest stayed 13th after a 3-2 thrilling home win over Saint Etienne.

Paul Lasne, Gaetan Charbonnier and Irvin Cardona's goals gave Brest a three-goal lead before the break.

The struggling visitors, hovering above the relegation zone at 16th, didn't give up as Denis Bouanga and Lois Diony both on target to once give them some hope. But Brest held on to secure the win 3-2. (UNI-Xinhua)

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