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Gignac penalty gives Marseille win

Andre-Pierre Gignac wheels away after scoring late on.
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Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a late penalty as Marseille beat strugglers Sochaux 2-1 in the French league for its first win in eight games.

Gignac struck his spot-kick firmly down the middle in the 83rd minute for his fifth league goal of the season, handing Marseille its first win since Sept. 28 after six defeats and one draw in the previous seven games.

Defender Mathieu Peybernes was adjudged to have handled Gignac's shot and the referee gave the penalty after consulting his linesman, prompting an angry reaction from Sochaux coach Herve Renard.

Marseille, which has lost all four of its matches in the Champions League this season, is in fifth place with 21 points, two points behind fourth-place Nantes, which won 3-0 at Bordeaux earlier Sunday.

Winger Florian Thauvin scored for the third time in the past four games to put Marseille ahead in the fifth minute, heading in Benjamin Mendy's cross from the left, and he almost scored again midway through the first half only to be denied by goalkeeper Simon Pouplin.

Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka leveled in the 60th with a superb strike from the right side of the penalty area into the top left corner.

Moments after the equalizer, Pouplin made a smart save to keep out forward Jordan Ayew's angled drive, then it was Marseille goalie Steve Mandanda's turn to shine as he flung himself to block midfielder Roy Contout's drive.

Sochaux remains in last place with just seven points.

Midfielder Lucas Deaux paid tribute to the large army of traveling Nantes fans after another impressive win for the newly-promoted side.

''When I see other teams playing on television, there are three or four blokes watching the away team. With our lot are three or four thousand and this inspires us,'' Deaux said. ''Bordeaux didn't make the most of the 30 minutes or so when we struggled. After that, their chance had gone.''

Midfielder Vincent Bessat opened the scoring shortly before halftime and defender Papy Djilobodji made it 2-0 in the 61st minute before Filip Djordjevic grabbed his eighth goal of the season shortly after to complete a convincing win.

''We scored three away from home without conceding any, so that's a good performance,'' Bessat said. ''We weren't necessarily expecting to be in fourth place. We're on the crest of a wave, we work enormously hard and we haven't stolen any of our wins.''

Bordeaux's form had improved recently but the defeat leaves it in 11th spot.

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