Gerson struck a late winner as Marseille beat Reims 1-0 away in Ligue 1 on Sunday, whereas Rennes shrugged off back-to-back losses to direct rivals for a Champions League spot by crushing Lorient to reclaim third place.
Brazil worldwide Gerson got here off the bench to seize the one purpose seven minutes from time and preserve Jorge Sampaoli’s aspect six factors away from the chasing pack in second.
They continue to be effectively positioned to take France’s solely different automated qualifying berth for subsequent season’s Champions League, however nonetheless need to play Lyon, Rennes and Strasbourg in three of their 4 remaining video games.
OM additionally journey to Feyenoord subsequent week for the primary leg of their Europa Convention League semi-final.
“It was a tricky match towards an opponent who defended very effectively, however I feel it was a deserved win,” mentioned Sampaoli.
“It is good to maintain the hole with these chasing us as a result of now we have a troublesome fixture record and people behind us additionally received in order that put strain on us to do the identical.”
Rennes recovered from defeats by Monaco and Strasbourg over to demolish Lorient 5-0 at Roazhon Park.
Martin Terrier scored his twenty first purpose of the season shortly after Benjamin Bourigeaud had given Rennes the lead at Roazhon Park. Terrier is now only one behind the league’s high scorer Kylian Mbappe.
Captain Hamari Traore headed in a 3rd at the beginning of the second half, with Flavien Tait and Gaetan Laborde additionally on track after Rennes defender Nayif Aguerd was despatched off.
“Scoring twice within the first 20 minutes gave us confidence,” mentioned Rennes coach Bruno Genesio.
“We once more confirmed that after two unfavorable outcomes that we had been able to reacting. It is a type of character that’s beginning to emerge from this group.”
Rennes moved again above Monaco on purpose distinction, however Strasbourg missed the possibility to remain degree with them after shedding 1-0 at Lille — their first defeat in 12 matches — as Zeki Celik struck three minutes from time.
Good remained within the race for the highest three because of a 94th-minute purpose from Khephren Thuram in a 1-0 win over Troyes.
Nantes, who face Good in subsequent month’s French Cup ultimate, got here from two targets right down to defeat Bordeaux 5-3 and plunge the six-time French champions additional into relegation bother.
Metz seem doomed to drop into the second tier and completed their 1-0 loss at house to Brest with 9 males. They’re now winless in 13 matches.
Clermont rallied with two late targets to attract 2-2 with Angers and transfer two factors away from Saint-Etienne within the relegation play-off place.
On Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain secured a record-equalling tenth Ligue 1 title, transferring degree with Saint-Etienne, regardless of being held to a 1-1 house draw by 10-man Lens.