PARIS (AFP) – Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a dramatic 93rd minute winner as Marseille extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to five points after defeating Caen 2-1 on Saturday.
The match appeared to be heading for a draw before Gignac drove home a loose ball from inside the box in the dying moments to take his league leading scoring tally to nine goals from nine matches.
It was also the seventh straight victory for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and puts them into a healthy position ahead of Sunday’s showdown at the Parc des Princes between champions Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.
The hard earned victory under wet Normandy conditions lifted Marseille five points ahead of Bordeaux with Lille seven back and PSG eight adrift with both teams playing Sunday.
In other matches on Saturday, Evian climbed out of the relegation zone with three second half goals to defeat promoted Metz 3-0.
Nice scored in the 94th minute to hold 2012 champions Montpellier 1-1 in the south coast derby while Claude Makelele’s Bastia sunk into the bottom three after crashing 2-0 at home to Lorient. Finally, Rennes moved into the upper half of the table with a 2-0 home win that left Lens third from bottom.
Caen came into their match against Marseille with the worst home record in the French top flight having already lost three times at their Stade Michel D’Ornano but they were unfortunate to suffer defeat.