Marseille slip up to Lens in Ligue 1

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Marseille have lost for the first time in Ligue 1 this season, beaten 3-2 by Lens in a thrilling match on Sunday.

Dimitri Payet's two goals drew Marseille level at the break, but substitute Wesley Said's header proved enough to give Lens victory and move them above Marseille into second spot.

Lens led by two goals withing the opening half hour at a stunned Stade Velodrome.

Striker Florian Sotoca beat Pau Lopez from the penalty spot in the ninth minute - ending the goalkeeper's run of three straight clean sheets.

Lopez conceded again in the 27th when Poland winger Przemyslaw Frankowski netted with a superb strike, cutting in from the right flank and curling the ball into the top left corner.

Payet got one back six minutes later with a curler of his own before Lens goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca made an outstanding close-range save from Brazilian midfielder Gerson.

But Payet sent Leca the wrong way from the spot in first-half injury time after striker Bamba Dieng was fouled.

Marseille dominated after the break but, against the run of play, Said met a front-post cross to head the winning goal past Lopez in the 71st.

Lens are nine points behind runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain and one ahead of third-place Marseille, who have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Monaco's improving form continued as coach Niko Kovac's side won 3-1 at Clermont to move up to eighth place.

Strikers Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland grabbed a goal each. Substitute Sofiane Diop added an injury-time third when he started and finished a move with a neat backheel flick.

Monaco's third win in eight games moved them one place above defending champion Lille.

Metz won for the first time this season, 2-1 at Brest.

Substitute Hugo Ekitike made it three goals in three games for mid-table Reims with the 19-year-old winger coming off the bench in the second half to net twice in a 3-1 home win over Nantes.

Promoted Troyes drew 1-1 at home to fifth-placed Angers, who needed a penalty from veteran midfielder Thomas Mangani to earn a point, while striker Gaetan Laborde scored his second goal in as many games as Rennes drew 1-1 at lowly Bordeaux.

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