Dieng scores again as Marseille wins to go 2nd; Beautiful prints



Marseille’s Bamba Dieng, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s opening goal during the Ligue 1 soccer match between Marseille and Rennes at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, France, Sunday September 19, 2021 (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)


Bamba Dieng’s third goal in two games saw unbeaten Marseille defeat Rennes 2-0 on Sunday and climb to second place in the French league behind bitter rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG will face Lyon later Sunday with six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi on his home debut following his shock transfer from Barcelona.

After Dieng shot a cross from midfielder Pol Lirola in the 48th minute, substitute Amine Harit scored in the 70th after cutting from the left flank and placing the ball under goalkeeper Alfred Gomis.

Earlier, Amine Gouiri missed a late-game penalty as fifth-placed Nice were held to a 2-2 draw as they traveled to Monaco in a thrilling Cote d’Azur derby.

Gouiri was involved in both Nice goals when he had the chance to bring the score to 3-2 on the spot in the 82nd following a ball from the hand of defender Benoit Badiashile. He sent goalkeeper Alexander Nübel the wrong way but missed the target.

Monegasque striker Wissam Ben Yedder’s penalty five minutes earlier had brought the score to 2-2, moments after Gouiri and his attacking partner Andy Delort combined to set up midfielder Hicham Boudaoui.

After Danish striker Kasper Dolberg limped off to Nice with a knee injury, Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin put Monaco ahead in the 39th thanks to a right-wing cross from Gelson Martins.

Golovin had come close in the 31st, when his goal effort hit Ben Yedder’s back.

Delort, who had replaced Dolberg, equalized in the 50th on a cross from Gouiri to the head. Gouiri has four goals and two assists in six games.

Nice lost another player to injury when right-back Jordan Lotomba injured his calf shortly after Delort’s goal.

Monaco have only one victory this season and occupy 14th place.


Angers fell to fourth place after losing 4-1 at home to Nantes in their first loss this season.

High-flying Angers were brought down when Nantes scored twice in the first five minutes thanks to Andrei Girotto and Ludovic Blas.

Captain Ismael Traore fell back quickly, but striker Randal Kolo Muani made it 3-1 amid a thrilling first half and Blas added a late fourth place for Nantes.

Midfielder Teji Savanier equalized in the 87th minute for Montpellier in a 1-1 draw at promoted Troyes.

Also, it was Clermont 1, Brest 1; and Reims 0, Lorient 0.


On Saturday, the game between Lens and defending champion Lille was put on hold for around 30 minutes after supporters of rivals from the north clashed at half-time. Lens won 1-0.

The league’s disciplinary committee will meet on Monday to discuss the second high-profile incident of the season, after serious unrest during the Nice-Marseille match.

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