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.

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