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Ligue 1 leader Marseille beats Evian 1-0

Associated Press Modified: September 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm •  Published: September 23, 2012
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PARIS (AP) — French league leader Marseille maintained its perfect start to the season with a 1-0 win at home to Evian on Sunday, with Morgan Amalfitano scoring in the 33rd minute to extend the team's winning streak to six matches.

Evian put up a decent challenge but were too weak in attack to pose any real threat. It remains in 17th position. Marseille is four points clear of Lyon after it drew 1-1 at Lille.

Marseille is also closing in on Lyon's record of eight successive wins at the start of the 1936-37 season.

Earlier, Chakhir Belghazouani's stoppage-time strike snatched a 2-2 draw for AC Ajaccio at Bordeaux.

Marseille seemed to be feeling the fatigue after a long journey back from Turkey, where it needed two goals in the final eight minutes to rescue a 2-2 draw against Fenerbahce.

Mathieu Valbuena went close on the half hour mark but Evian goalkeeper Stephan Andersen was well placed to smother his low 22-meter effort.

Marseille took the lead three minutes later when Amalfitano headed in Valbuena's free kick. Amalfitano almost doubled his tally moments later but headed Valbuena's corner just wide.

Evian could have leveled on the stroke of halftime as Yannick Sagbo's effort scraped the outside of the post.

Sagbo sent another good effort just the wrong side of the post seven minutes into the second half as Evian upped the pressure on Marseille.

Evian went even closer when Sidney Govou sent Mohammed Rabiu clean through on goal but goalkeeper Steve Mandanda did well to keep out his effort.

Mandanda did even better nine minutes from time with a fantastic stop to keep out Jonathan Mensah's header from the center of the area.

Amalfitano should have sealed the win in stoppage time but he headed Charles Kabore's header narrowly wide.

Lille looked to be heading for its first win in its new stadium after Nolan Roux had given it a seventh-minute lead.

However, despite dominating from start to finish, it was to pay for its profligacy in front of goal when Lisandro Lopez leveled 10 minutes from time.

At Bordeaux, Yoan Gouffran's 78th-minute header looked to have given the home side a deserved win, before Belghazouani pounced two minutes into injury time.

And Belghazouani — who was signed from Belgian club Zulte Waregem in the offseason — almost stole all three points for Ajaccio moments later with an effort just wide.

Brazilian defender Henrique had given Bordeaux the lead nine minutes into the second half but Ricardo Faty leveled 10 minutes later.

Moments earlier, Bordeaux should have doubled its lead when Henri Saivet feinted twice to get between two defenders before unleashing an effort which crashed off the right upright and back across the face of goal before going out.

It was Bordeaux's fourth consecutive league draw. The side had hoped to continue its positive week after a 4-0 win over Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday.