PARIS (AP) — Marseille failed to take its chances and was beaten by a late goal as it lost 1-0 away to struggling Troyes on Sunday to concede first place in the French league to Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference.
Veteran midfielder Benjamin Nivet punished some sloppy defending in the 89th minute when he swept in a loose ball to give Troyes its first win of the season to lift it off the bottom of the table.
Marseille has picked up only one point from its last three games to put PSG back in the title race, having been six points ahead of its bitter rival a few weeks ago.
"We didn't do enough to win it, we had chances to score and we paid for it," right back Rod Fanni said. "It will be a lesson for us. To lose the way we did means we didn't give enough at the end, because we still had a lot of energy left. They got their chance and took it."
Marseille was dealt a further blow when top scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac landed heavily after challenging for a header in the first half and hurt his left foot. Despite treatment and strapping, he was unable to continue and Loic Remy replaced him up front. The club later said Gignac fractured his foot.
"It's not good news. That's how it goes, that's the life of a football player, but I often have the rotten luck" said Gignac, who was often injured last season as well as being hampered by a weight problem.
"It's a negative point for us, but we don't know how long he will be out for," Marseille coach Elie Baup said.
Shortly after Gignac went off, Marseille almost took the lead when winger Morgan Amalfitano's low shot drew a smart save from goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien after being expertly put through by Mathieu Valbuena.
Thuram-Ulien was the busier goalkeeper and made a fine save to keep out Valbuena's curling free kick early in the second half.
Troyes did not threaten until Nivet's header hit the crossbar in the 60th, and moments later Remy missed a point-blank header after being perfectly set up by Valbuena.
Marseille should have been given a penalty with 10 minutes remaining when Remy was tripped as he prepared to shoot. Remy had a goal disallowed in injury time for offside, although this time it was the correct decision.