Dimitri Payet scored twice as Marseille continued their revival under new coach Jorge Sampaoli by beating Reims 3-1 in the French league on Friday.
Marseille’s fifth win in seven games lifted the team to fifth in the 34th round, two points ahead of Lens, who host Nimes on Sunday. Fifth place will bring Europa League qualification.
Reims forward Nathanael Mbuku opened the scoring with a powerful header in the 38th minute.
But Arkadiusz Milik set up Dimitri Payet to equalise in the 41st, and there was still time before the break for Payet to return the favour for Milik to put the visitors ahead.
Reims, who had been unbeaten in nine games, faced a harder task in the 69th when Wout Faes was sent off for his second yellow card. The home side complained about a preceding foul from Milik in the buildup.
Payet then settled the issue with his seventh goal of the season in the 76th.
Milik thought he’d scored a second, too, but that was ruled out for offside, a decision confirmed with a lengthy VAR check.
Reims remained 11th.