Bamba stars as Nantes wins at second-place Marseille

Nantes' Kader Bamba, second left, celebrates his goal with Nantes' players during the French League One soccer match between Marseille and Nantes at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. (Daniel Cole/AP)

PARIS — Kader Bamba scored one goal and set up another as Nantes found its form in beating second-placed Marseille 3-1 in the French league on Saturday.

Marseille’s first league defeat of 2020 left it 10 points behind leader Paris Saint-Germain, which is at home to Bordeaux on Sunday.

Marseille welcomed back inspirational playmaker Dimitri Payet after a minor injury. But Nantes was the more impressive and scored in the 34th minute when Belgian winger Anthony Limbombe met Bamba’s cross with a diving header.

Midfielder Morgan Sanson equalized five minutes later when Boubacar Kamara broke down the right and unselfishly passed the ball back to him inside the penalty area.

Nantes regained the lead in the 53rd after Marseille lost the ball in midfield. It was quickly fed to Bamba on the left of the area, and he cut inside before curling a fine shot into the right corner.

The goal was awarded when a video review ruled that another Nantes player had not impeded goalkeeper Steve Mandanda when Bamba shot. The player had ducked out of the way of the ball.

Mandanda fumbled a shot in injury time and Marseille’s misery was compounded when centre half Alvaro Gonzalez turned the ball into his own net, under strong pressure from forward Moses Simon.


Lille moved into third spot beating last-placed Toulouse 3-0 at home.

Former France and Chelsea forward Loic Remy took two minutes to put Lille ahead, then added another late in the first half. Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches wrapped it up in the 72nd.

Monaco remained in fifth place after needing a late goal from Chile defender Guillermo Maripan to draw at Dijon 1-1.

Angers beat Montpellier 1-0 and Strasbourg drew 0-0 at home to 19th-place Amiens, which held PSG to 4-4 last weekend.


Rennes can reclaim third place from Lille if it beats Nimes at home, while struggling Saint-Etienne hosts Reims.

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