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Marseille beats Rennes 3-1 to stay top of league

 Marseille's French forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, right, reacts, during their League One soccer match,  against Rennes, at the Velodrome stadium, in Ma...

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Marseille's French forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, right, reacts, during their League One soccer match, against Rennes, at the Velodrome stadium, in Ma...

Andre-Pierre Gignac maintained his fine form by scoring another crucial goal as Marseille beat Rennes 3-1 on Sunday to extend its perfect start and return to the top of the French league.
Mocked by critics last year for his lack of fitness and excess weight, Gignac has bounced back with a vengeance this season. He has scored three times in four league games, including the winning goal away to Montpellier in the last round. He also set up Marseille's opening goal on Sunday.
Marseille, which has been selling players in a bid to stave off mounting debts, has 12 points from four games _ two more than Lyon.
With the match poised at 1-1, Gignac struck in the 84th minute with a stunning strike into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area after Rennes had failed to properly clear the ball.
Marseille took the lead in the 35th when Gignac got behind the Rennes defense and his cross was turned in by right back Jeremy Morel.
Rennes equalized in the 57th, winger Julien Feret running onto Mevlut Erding's pass and shooting firmly past goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from close range.
Marseille sealed the win deep into injury time through Rennes right back Romain Danze's own goal.
Later Sunday, big-spending Paris Saint-Germain was looking for its first win when it travelled to play Lille.
Earlier, Bordeaux missed the chance to move level with Lyon in second place when it was held to a 1-1 draw by Nice.
Bordeaux had defender Ludovic Sane sent off midway through the second half but the hosts took the lead in the 86th minute through forward Henri Saivet. That looked to be enough until midfielder Mahamane Traore equalized for Nice in the second minute of stoppage time.
Fourth-place Bordeaux is unbeaten and has eight points.