Eysseric lifts Nice past Marseille
Marseille, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Valentin Eysseric's second-half tally held up as the winner on Friday as Nice earned a 1-0 result over Marseille at the Stade de Velodrome.
Marseille dominated proceedings, keeping more of the ball and firing six shots on target, but the home side was unable to break down a stout Nice back line as the clubs went into the intermission scoreless.
Despite being outplayed for the majority of the match, Nice took advantage of their only shot on target with some set-piece magic as Eysseric lined up a free kick from distance and blasted it into the bottom left corner of the net, leaving Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda with little chance for a save.
The hosts threw numbers forward in search of an equalizer, but the Nice defense held firm to collect an important three points.
The result sees Nice improve to 11th place in Ligue 1 with 34 points, while Marseille remains in fifth place on 43 points, five behind St Etienne for a Europa League spot.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1 this weekend, defending champions Paris Saint-Germain will go for a fourth consecutive victory across all competitions on Saturday when the club travels to the Stade Armand-Cesari to face Bastia.
Last time out, PSG took a big step toward a second consecutive Ligue 1 title with a comfortable 2-0 win over Marseille at the Parc des Princes in Le Classique.
Following a goalless first half, Maxwell needed just five minutes of the second to send the champions into a lead with his third of the season before substitute Edinson Cavani wrapped up all three points with little over 10 minutes to play.
"For all the people that love Paris Saint-Germain, beating Marseille is always special," PSG head coach Laurent Blanc said. "Tonight we are very happy to have won this Classique, but above all, to have pocketed the three points.
"It was important after the other results this weekend. Now we have to recover well and prepare to go to Bastia next weekend, looking to win again. But before then, we are going to enjoy this victory. Bravo to the players! They trained hard all week and they got their reward."
The result saw PSG extend their lead atop the table to eight points, and the club can further extend the margin to 11 points with a victory and a loss by Monaco on Saturday.
Monaco will try to keep pace with PSG when the principality club hosts 19th- place Sochaux at the Stade Louis II. Sochaux will be desperate for three points as the club is five points adrift from safety and has just five wins in league play this season.
Also on Saturday, Guingamp hosts Evian at the Stade du Roudourou, Nantes welcomes last-place Ajaccio at the Stade de la Beaujoire, Toulouse hosts Reims and Valenciennes welcomes Rennes to the Stade du Hainaut.
On Sunday in Ligue 1, Lille welcomes Montpellier to the Grand Stade Lille Metropole looking to extend its unbeaten streak in league play to five games.
Lorient hosts St Etienne, and Sunday's slate closes with Bordeaux hosting Lyon at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
03/07 18:02:50 ET