Ligue 1 - Marseille prepare for Chelsea with home win
Marseille geared up for their midweek Champions League clash at Chelsea with a 2-1 home win over Sochaux.
Marseille, who travel to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, moved up to fifth. They are four points adrift of leaders Rennes, who won 2-1 at Nice.
Danijel Ljuboja cancelled out Stephane Dalmat's early opener for Rennes but Colombian striker Victor Montano netted the winner with 13 minutes left after a blunder by the Nice defence.
St Etienne moved to the top after a 1-0 win at local rivals Lyon, who are struggling in 18th place.
Marseille, with Souleymane Diawara back from injury in central defence, were quickly rewarded for their efforts at a windswept Stade Velodrome when Taiwo's cross-cum-shot from 30 metres went into the top right corner after 19 minutes.
"I did it on purpose. I saw the keeper was off his line," Nigeria defender Taiwo told the Foot Plus TV channel.
Lucho made it 2-0 just after the hour when he coolly slotted home after a long throw by defender Cesar Azpilicueta.
Maurice-Belay scored a consolation goal in the 75th minute for Sochaux.
Promoted Arles-Avignon slumped to their seventh defeat in as many games when they lost 3-1 at 10-man Montpellier.