PARIS (AP) — Veteran defender Patrice Evra scored a rare goal to help Marseille beat Nice 2-1 in the French league on Sunday, securing vital points in its quest for a place in next season’s Europa League. The defeat also effectively ended Nice’s hopes of finishing second.
Mario Balotelli equalized for Nice, which fell to only its third league defeat of the season and drifted six points behind second-placed Paris Saint-Germain with only two games remaining. PSG also has a much better goal difference.
Marseille, which is unbeaten in nine matches, moved one point above Bordeaux and into fifth place — which earns a Europa League spot. The two sides meet next week in Bordeaux, where Marseille has a miserable record.
“We hadn’t beaten a team in the top three and now we’ve done it,” Marseille striker Bafetimbi Gomis said. “Now we have a final coming up against Bordeaux and they will really go for it.”
The 35-year-old Evra celebrated his first goal since joining the club from Italian champion Juventus in January with some energetic press-ups near the touchline.
After Nice carelessly gave away the ball…