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Gignac scores winner as Marseille beats Evian 1-0 to keep pressure on league leader Lyon

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PARIS — Andre-Pierre Gignac scored from the penalty spot early in the second half for second-place Marseille to beat Evian 1-0 and keep the pressure on French league leader Lyon on Saturday.

The penalty was awarded in the 49th minute after veteran midfielder Cedric Barbosa barged into winger Dimitri Payet. France striker Gignac drove a low shot under the body of goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy for his 14th league goal.

Marseille, which had lost two of its past three league games, needed to win after title rival Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 win at home to Rennes on Friday.

This hard-fought win keeps Marseille level on points with PSG — both sides have the same goal difference, too — and one point behind Lyon, which faces a tough match at Monaco on Sunday.

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