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Ligue 1 Review: PSG go top, Bordeaux and Caen snatch victories

Paris Saint-Germain edged Marseille 3-2 in Sunday’s thrilling Classique, while Bordeaux and Caen also posted Ligue 1 victories.

Laurent Blanc’s champions moved back to the top of the table with their win at Marseille, which saw them come from behind twice in an action-packed encounter.

Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac opened the scoring with a 30th-minute header but Blaise Matuidi, who was outstanding for PSG, levelled shortly after.

Gignac still had time to net a second before half-time as Marseille headed to the break in front.

Marquinhos made the most of a slice of fortune, though, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free-kick fell into his path via Marseille’s Benjamin Mendy, to equalise in the 49th minute.

And Jeremy Morel then turned Javier Pastore’s cross into his own net just two minutes later, as PSG took the lead for the first time.

They did not look back and had a series of chances to seal their win, only for Marseille’s impressive goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to keep them at bay.

It mattered little in the end, however, as PSG claimed a crucial three points that saw them move one-point ahead of the second-placed Lyon. Marseille are now five points behind PSG in third.

There was drama after the final whistle, too, as Marseille’s Andre Ayew was given a second yellow card for his protestations with the referee.

Elsewhere, Nicolas Maurice-Belay struck a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Bordeaux clinched a 2-1 home victory over Lens.

Willy Sagnol’s side took the lead in the 80th minute as Mariano took advantage of poor defending from Ludovic Baal to fire home.

More sub-standard play at the back – this time from the hosts – contributed to Lens’ equaliser six minutes later as Cedric Yambere’s weak back header allowed Pablo Chavarria in to score.

However, in the third minute of time added on, Maurice-Belay exchanged passes with Isaac Thelin before slotting home, leaving Lens rooted to the foot of the table.

And there was a similarly thrilling finale in Caen’s 2-1 win at Nantes.

Trailing with 10 minutes to go after Alejandro Bedoya’s opener, Caen levelled through Emiliano Sala’s penalty.

Then in the final minute of stoppage time, Thomas Lemar’s free-kick from wide on the right crept all the way in to lift the strugglers six points clear of trouble.

Sun 5 Apr, 2015
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