Marseille move up to second as Monaco held by Nice

PARIS: Olympique de Marseille claimed their fifth home victory in a row when they beat Strasbourg 2-0 to move up to second in Ligue 1 on Tuesday. Clinton Njie and Dmitri Payet found the net to put OM on 44 points from 21 games, nine points behind runaway leaders Paris St Germain, who take on Dijon on Wednesday. Monaco are third on 43 points after Mario Balotelli’s double earned Nice a 2-2 draw at the Louis II stadium in the Azurean derby. Marseille struggled to break the deadlock in a dull first half but found a way through after the break.

Valere Germain missed a penalty in the 73rd minute but the home side were rewarded for their dominance 10 minutes from full time when Njie volleyed home from close range. Payet put the result beyond doubt in the 87th, poking the ball home after dribbling past keeper Alexandre Oukidja. — Reuters French Ligue 1 results on Tuesday:
Marseille 2 (N’Jie 79, Payet 87) Strasbourg 0
Bordeaux 0 Caen 2 (Santini 88-pen, Rodelin 90+4)
Monaco 2 (Diakhaby 33, Falcao 90+2) Nice 2 (Balotelli 47, 68)