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Ligue 1: Late Mbia goal sends Marseille five points clear

April 15, 2010 10:36 IST

Stephane Mbia struck two minutes from time to give Olympique Marseille a 1-0 win at lowly Sochaux which sent them five points clear at the top of Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Defender Mbia followed up after Sochaux keeper Matthieu Dreyer had failed to block his effort from close range to put Marseille on 65 points from 32 games, five points ahead of second-placed Auxerre.

Girondins Bordeaux, meanwhile, further undermined their prospects of retaining the title when they conceded their third Ligue 1 defeat in a row by losing 2-1 at strugglers Le Mans.

Bordeaux, who opened the scoring with a headed goal by Brazilian defender Henrique before watching their hosts strike back with goals from forward Anthony Le Tallec and midfielder Mathieu Dossevi, are in fifth place, nine points off the pace, with a game in hand.

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