September 2, 2018 / 10:20 PM / 17 days ago

Marseille hit back to snatch last-gasp win at Monaco

PARIS (Reuters) - Olympique Marseille came from behind to win 3-2 at AS Monaco with a last-gasp goal from Valere Germain on Sunday, ending a dismal run against their main Ligue 1 rivals under coach Rudi Garcia.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Monaco v Olympique de Marseille - Stade Louis II, Monaco - September 2, 2018 Olympique de Marseille's Valere Germain scores their third goal REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Kostas Mitroglou headed home from a pinpoint Dimitri Payet cross to give Marseille the lead on the stroke of halftime.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Monaco v Olympique de Marseille - Stade Louis II, Monaco - September 2, 2018 AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

But Monaco replied with two quickfire goals after the break as Youri Tielemans equalised and Colombia forward Radamel Falcao knocked in a loose ball from close range after the Marseille defence got into a tangle.

Substitute Florian Thauvin coolly turned a low cross to equalise before Germain headed in from a corner to win the game against his former club in the 89th minute.

Germain spent six seasons at Monaco before joining Marseille last year.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Monaco v Olympique de Marseille - Stade Louis II, Monaco - September 2, 2018 Olympique de Marseille's Bouna Sarr in action with AS Monaco's Jean-Eudes Aholou REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Marseille had not won any of their previous 11 matches against the trio of Paris St Germain, Olympique Lyonnais or Monaco with three draws and eight defeats since Garcia took over in October 2016.

Two early goals from Benjamin Andre and Ramy Bensebaini, both headers, gave Rennes a 2-0 win at home to Girondins Bordeaux, still under caretaker coach Eric Bedouet.

Bedouet remained in charge after talks to hire former France forward Thierry Henry as coach broke down early this week, according to L’Equipe.

PSG are top with a maximum 12 points from four games after beating Nimes 4-2 on Saturday. Marseille are fifth with seven points while Monaco have four.

Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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