PARIS (AP) — Dimitri Payet scored his second spectacular goal of the week to help second-placed Marseille beat Toulouse 1-0 in the French league on Saturday and extend its unbeaten run to 16 games overall.
Marseille had the added bonus of strengthening its grip on second spot by moving eight points ahead of third-place Rennes, which drew at home to Brest 0-0.
Rennes was only one point ahead of fourth-placed Lille, which hosts Marseille next weekend. The team finishing second qualifies automatically for the Champions League, while the team in third goes through the qualifying rounds.
Payet’s stellar form is guiding Marseille back to Europe, and improving his chances of a France recall.