PARIS (AFP) – Lyon snapped Marseille’s eight-game winning streak on Sunday thanks to a second half goal from Yoann Gourcuff which threw the Ligue 1 title race wide open.
The hard-fought 1-0 win at the Stade Gerland was harsh on Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who dominated for large periods of the second half but were caught out by a counter-attack with 25 minutes left.
Marseille saw their lead at the top reduced to four points over defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, who brushed aside Bordeaux 3-0 on Saturday, while Lyon move ahead of Saint-Etienne into third on goal difference with both sides five points adrift.
Nantes are alone in fifth, and six back, after the Canaries won 2-0 at second-from-bottom Evian on Saturday.
The last time Marseille reached eight victories in a row, it was Lyon who broke their streak back in 1998. Former Ligue 1 player of the year Gourcuff scored the crucial goal on 65 minutes, against the run of the play, when Lyon completely split open the Marseille rearguard.