Olympique de Marseille ended a four-match winless streak when it beat Girondins de Bordeaux 3-1 to move up to fifth in Ligue 1 with its first home win of the season on Saturday.
Florian Thauvin, Jordan Amavi and a Pablo own goal won the points and put OM on 12 from seven games, three off pacesetter Paris St Germain which won 4-0 at 10-man Nimes on Friday.
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Bordeaux, which reduced the arrears through Josh Maja late on, is 10th on nine points after new signing Hatem Ben Arfa failed to make an impact on his debut for his sixth French club.
Marseille had drawn three and lost one since beating PSG at the Parc des Princes on September 13 and Saturday’s result is a welcome confidence boost ahead of the trip to Olympiakos Piraeus in its Champions League opener on Wednesday.
At the Stade Velodrome, Thauvin opened the scoring for Marseille with a splendid 25-metre strike into the top corner in the fifth minute. However, the winger missed a chance of doubling the tally nine minutes later when Benoit Costil parried his penalty after Jordan Amavi was brought down by Youssouf Sabaly.
Costil has now saved 16 of 53 penalties since the 2011-12 season, more than any other keeper in the top five European leagues.
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Amavi doubled the OM tally nine minutes into the second half when he headed home Thauvin’s free kick.