Football: Marseille looking for more Nasri magic

30th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 30, 2007 (AFP) - Marseille will be counting on teenage midfielder Samir Nasri repeating his star performance in France's midweek friendly win over Austria when they host Lorient on Saturday.

PARIS, March 30, 2007 (AFP) - Marseille will be counting on teenage midfielder Samir Nasri repeating his star performance in France's midweek friendly win over Austria when they host Lorient on Saturday.

Marseille are lying on 42 points, six off second-placed Lens who trail Lyon, in action in the French League Cup final against Bordeaux this weekend, by a yawning 16 points.

The 19-year-old Nasri, fielded just behind the brand new strike pairing of Djibril Cisse and Nicolas Anelka for France at the Stade de France on Wednesday, received a standing ovation when he left the pitch with 20 minutes to go such was his bright contribution.

Nasri, stepping into the giant void left by the retired Zinedine Zidane, was involved in the only goal of the game: his freekick set up Lyon centre forward Karim Benzema nine minutes after the break.

Marseille will be out to take all three points off their bottom-of-the-table visitors in a bid to maintain their push for a place in Europe next season.

Off the pitch speculation abounds, however, over whether club owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus will sell his controlling stake in the Velodrome.

With Lyon on League Cup duty, Lens can slice three points off their near-unassailable lead if they see off ailing visitors Paris Saint Germain on Sunday.

Defeat for PSG could see them suffer the ignominy of going bottom if Sedan do the business at fellow relegation strugglers Nantes.

To complicate matters PSG manager Paul Le Guen will have to do without suspended defender Bernard Mendy.

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Subject: French news

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