PARIS (AP) Striker Valere Germain scored the winner as Nice won 1-0 away to Marseille to move up to sixth place in the French league on Sunday.
Germain made a sharp run to latch onto a pass and burst through Marseille's center halves, before driving a low drive past goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in the 16th minute.
Missing key midfielder Lassana Diarra and in-form winger Romain Alessandrini, the home side struggled to contain Nice's attacks in the first half.
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Winger Hatem Ben Arfa, recalled to the France squad by France coach Didier Deschamps this week, almost doubled the lead in the 35th after embarking on one of his trademark solo runs, but Mandanda thwarted him.
Later Sunday, Lyon hosted bitter rival Saint-Etienne with both sides eyeing second place, and Bordeaux faced Monaco.