Marseille beats Brest to move 5 points behind leader PSG

Marseille players celebrate their victory after the French League One soccer match between Marseille and Brest at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (Daniel Cole/AP)

Substitute Nemanja Radonjic scored a fine last-minute winner as second-placed Marseille beat Brest 2-1 to move five points behind French league leader Paris Saint-Germain on Friday.

The Serbia winger netted 57 seconds after Brest equalized in the 89th through striker Irvin Cardona, who saw an effort early in the first half hit both posts.

Radonjic accelerated down the left and curled a shot into the top right corner to send the Stade Velodrome crowd home relieved after Marseille had 34 attempts on goal.

It was Marseille’s fourth straight league win under Portuguese coach Andre Villas Boas, the former Tottenham and Chelsea coach who replaced Rudi Garcia during the off-season.

Defender Bouna Sarr put Marseille ahead in the 57th minute following good work from Dimitri Payet and striker Benedetto.

Marseille was denied by the woodwork three times.

Midfielder Morgan Sanson struck the crossbar in the first half, Payet did the same with a free kick in the 62nd, and fellow midfielder Valentin Rongier hit the post two minutes later with a fierce angled drive.

Brest forward Alexandre Mendy was issued a red card deep into injury time for a heavy-looking tackle on Marseille right back Hiroki Sakai. But the decision was changed to a yellow card following a video review.

Defending champion PSG can restore its eight-point lead if it wins at Monaco on Sunday night.

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