Ligue 1: Late Bordeaux goal revives title bid

May 4, 2008

MARSEILLE, France, May 4 (Reuters) - Girondins Bordeaux revived their Ligue 1 title hopes when a Pierre Ducasse goal in stoppage time earned them a 2-1 win at Olympique Marseille on Sunday.

Ducasse's stunning 25-metre strike one minute into injury time gave Bordeaux a deserved win at the Stade Velodrome after Brazilian Wendel had cancelled out Mamadou Niang's opener for Marseille.

Second-placed Bordeaux, on 71 points with two games left, are two points behind leaders and six-times champions Olympique Lyon, who drew 0-0 at Nice on Saturday.

Marseille are fourth, two points behind Nancy, who hold the qualifying spot for the Champions League third preliminary round following their 3-0 thrashing of strugglers Racing Strasbourg on Saturday.

Marseille went ahead just before halftime when Niang poked the ball into the empty net after Rame misjudged a Samir Nasri defence-splitting pass. Rame had wandered out of his area to clear the ball with a header just to see it bounce over him.

Bordeaux came out in the second half with all guns blazing with Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi a permanent threat to the Marseille defence.

However, Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda pulled out a couple of brilliant saves to keep the visitors at bay. But he was helpless when Wendel levelled the tie with a 25-metre free kick.

Just as Marseille looked to settle for a draw, Morocco forward Marouane Chamakh set up Ducasse for the winner. Earlier on Sunday, St Etienne were held to a goalless draw by Lille as both sides dropped precious points in their hunt for the UEFA Cup qualifying spot.

St Etienne stay fifth, four points adrift of fourth-placed Marseille with Lille a further point behind.