Marseille beats Montpellier for third straight win

PARIS (AP) — Third-placed Marseille has won at Montpellier 2-1 for its third straight win in the French league. Left back Nuno Tavares scored in the 47th minute with a fine strike for his fifth goal of the campaign. Marseille center half Chancel Mbemba pressured opposite defender Maxime Estève into an own goal in the 61st. Montpellier midfielder Téji Savanier scored a stoppage-time penalty but the home side ran out of time. Marseille remains four points behind second-placed Lens for the automatic Champions League spot and two ahead of fourth-placed Rennes. Rennes beat Nice 2-1 thanks to a last-gasp winner from winger Benjamin Bourigeaud.

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