Football: Marseille clinch perfect Liverpool warm-up win
Ahead of their game against Liverpool, Marseille beat Monaco 2-0PARIS, Dec 8, 2007 - Marseille warmed up for Tuesday's do-or-die
Champions League clash against Liverpool with a 2-0 win over Monaco in the
French championship on Saturday.
The win, their fifth of the season, also eased Marseille's relegation fears.
Central defender Julien Rodriguez, in the 53rd minute, and skipper Lorik
Cana (70), both scored headed goals as Marseille moved up to 11th in the table ahead of Saturday's later matches.
A win on Tuesday will put Marseille into the knockout rounds of the
Coach Eris Gerets praised the support his team recieved on Saturday and
said their backing will prove crucial at the Stade Velodrome against Liverpool.
"There's been a change in the behaviour of our fans," said Gerets.
"I'm pleasantly surprised by the support we had throughout the 90 minutes.
On Tuesday, against Liverpool, we will need even a little more."
Meanwhile, six-time champions Lyon, who travel to Rangers on Wednesday in another must-win Champions League clash, slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Caen.
The loss cut their lead to four points with second-place Nancy unable to
take full advantage by playing to a dull 0-0 draw at Valenciennes.
With one eye on the tricky trip to Glasgow, Lyon coach Alain Perrin put
vital players Juninho, Sydney Govou and Karim Benzema on the bench and handed Nadir Belhadj, Abdul Kader Keita and Milan Baros starting places.
Caen took full advantage of the champions' uncertainty with Yoan Gouffran
scoring the only goal of the game after 17 minutes after a misunderstanding
between Sebastien Squillaci and Cleber Anderson.
Juninho, Govou and Benzema were all introduced into the action late in the
game but were unable to prevent Lyon from slipping to their fourth defeat of
Le Mans leapt into third place with a 3-1 win at Lens and are now four
points behind Nancy.
Bottom club Metz, with just one win all season, were 2-0 losers at
sixth-placed Saint-Etienne and are 11 points from safety.
On Sunday, third-placed Bordeaux travel to Nice, while floundering PSG
desperately need a result at relegation rivals Auxerre.