Marseille are now just a point off the pace in the French league...
Olympique de Marseille warmed up for their Champions League trip to Manchester next week with a 2-0 victory over second-place Stade Rennes in the French Ligue 1 on Friday evening.
Goals from Loic Remy and Lucho Gonzalez helped the defending French champions climb up to third in the table and close the gap on leaders Lille to just a point.
However, Rennes, who have the same number of points as Lille at the moment, had the bulk of the chances in the opening minutes of the encounter as Victor Hugo Montano, Abdoulrazak Boukari and Jerome Leroy all came close.
But a Remy header from a Andre Ayew cross from the centre of the penalty box saw Marseille take the lead in the 23rd minute.
The hosts, though, continued to press on and could have drawn level by the end of the first-half had Stephane Dalmat's attempt not been saved by Steve Mandanda and Boukari's shot not been off-target.
Marseille themselves could have scored on the stroke of half-time when Remy headed Lucho Gonzalez's delivery towards goal but it went over the Rennes crossbar.
Rennes continued to push forward for an equaliser in the second session with Yann M'Vila and Romain Danze trying their luck, and then Remy came close on 56 minutes after he was sent through by Ayew.
Thereafter both sides had chances to find the target but it was Marseille who eventually did with just ten minutes of normal time remaining.
Jordan Ayew passed the ball to Lucho Gonzalez and the Argentina international midfielder scored his side's second with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box.
Didier Deschamps' side could have added to their tally in the dying minutes of the game but Taye Taiwo's left-footed shot from outside the Rennes penalty area hit the frame of the goal.
Nevertheless, the 2-0 victory nicely sets up OM for their trip to England next week to face Manchester United in the second leg of their Last-16 clash in the Champions League and also gives them a better chance of winning the league championship in France for the second season in a row.