Ligue 1 - Marseille joint top after St Etienne win

Marseille ended an unimpressive run of form with a 2-1 victory over St Etienne at Stade Velodrome on Tuesday night.

Ligue 1 - Marseille joint top after St Etienne win

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Olympique Marseille's Benjamin Mendy (L) reacts with teammates after scoring against Saint Etienne during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, September 24, 2013. (Reuters)

The victory, coming after a run of four games without a win, puts L’OM second in the Ligue 1 table, but only behind leaders Monaco on goal difference.

Elie Baup’s side took the lead after 22 minutes when Benjamin Mendy got on the end of a cross from Mathieu Valbuena to send the ball looping over the head of keeper Stephane Ruffier.

Four minutes later, Giannelli Imbula doubled their lead when he converted from a Rod Fanni cross to finish off a flowing team move.

Faouzi Ghoulam pulled one back from the penalty spot after Alaixys Romao handballed from a Yohan Mollo cross but St Etienne could not complete the comeback to pick up a first win in Marseille since 1979.

In Tuesday night’s other match, Lille defeated Evian 3-0 at home to go third, one point behind Marseille.

Goals from Salomon Kalou (12) and Ronny Rodelin (72), plus an own goal from Jesper Hansen (32), saw Lille safely home.

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