2022-23 Ligue 1
  • Téji Savanier (90'+1' PEN)
  • Nuno Tavares (47')
  • Maxime Estève (61' OG)
  • Nuno Tavares (87')

Marseille beat Montpellier to preserve top-three spot

Marseille players celebrate after scoring a goal against Montpellier in Ligue 1. Getty Images

A well-placed goal from Nuno Tavares and an own goal from Maxime Esteve handed Olympique de Marseille a 2-1 win over Montpellier, ensuring they stayed third in Ligue 1 on Monday.

The result allowed Igor Tudor's side to narrow the gap with leaders Paris Saint-Germain to eight points. They have 36 points from 17 games, four behind Lens in second place.

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Lens beat PSG 3-1 on Sunday to hand the champions their first league loss of the season.

Montpellier keeper Jonas Omlin denied Jordan Veretout a goal two minutes after the break but Tavares was quick to pounce and he fired the rebound into the top-right corner to break the deadlock.

Esteve then sealed the win for the visitors in the 61st minute when he headed the ball into his own net after a set piece.

Tavares was shown a straight red card three minutes from time after a severe late challenge on Arnaud Souquet.

Teji Savanier converted a penalty in stoppage time for Montpellier but they could not prevent Marseille from bagging all three points.