Lille overcome Marseille 3-0

Lille did not face much difficulty in their victory over Marseille. (AFP pic)

PARIS: Winger Nicolas Pépé earned two penalties, converting one himself, as Lille beat Olympique Marseille 3-0 to move into second place in Ligue 1, eight points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday.

Lille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda conceded a penalty in the 63rd minute of Sunday’s late game when he brought down Pépé, who stepped up to slam the spot kick past the hapless keeper.

Marseille quickly brought on the attacking duo of Dimitri Payet and Kostas Mitroglou. But as they fought back desperately Pépé was brought down again, this time by Luiz Gustavo, and Jonathan Bamba scored from the spot in the 86th minute.

Bamba put the game out of reach three minutes later, stabbing full back Fode Ballo-Toure’s pass home from close range.

Earlier on Sunday, Montpellier’s third goal in the 79th minute of their 3-0 victory against Nîmes sparked crowd trouble that delayed the game for half an hour, with referee Ruddy Buquet removing the players from the field before returning to finish the game.

The result moved Montpellier into third place in the standings ahead of Saint-Étienne, who beat Monaco 2-0 at home on Friday, on goal difference.

Rennes looked set to take all three points against 10-man Toulouse thanks to a M’Baye Niang penalty in the 70th minute. However, Jean-Clair Todibo struck three minutes from time in Sunday’s early game to give the visitors a hard-earned point.

Bottom side Guingamp got their first win of the season on Saturday, with Nicolas Benezet firing the only goal of the game as they won 1-0 away to Angers, while fellow strugglers Nantes battled to a 1-1 draw away to Olympique Lyonnais.

After losing 3-2 late on to Marseille on Wednesday, Strasbourg bounced back to climb into eighth place with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Dijon.