Marseille slips to another defeat in French league


PARIS (AP) -- Marseille's hopes of securing a Champions League place for next season took another blow after a 2-0 at Evian on Tuesday condemned the former champion to a third straight league defeat without scoring a goal.

Veteran midfielder Jerome Leroy scored both Evian's goals in the first half, as eighth-place Marseille fell eight points behind third-place Lille.

Marseille has not won since beating Inter Milan 1-0 in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League match on Feb. 22. That win extended Marseille's unbeaten run to 16 games, but it then lost 1-0 away to Brest and 1-0 at home to Toulouse last weekend.

Marseille has little time to regroup with a league game at Ajaccio on Friday, followed by the return leg at Inter four days later.