Dimitri Payet's superb free kick rescues point for Marseille

LYON, France — France playmaker Dimitri Payet scored with a superb curling free kick as Marseille salvaged a 1-1 home draw with Dijon in the French league on Saturday.

After midfielder Gregory Certic's own goal gave Dijon the lead in first-half injury time, Payet replied three minutes after the break.

Some 30 meters from goal, Payet whipped a shot into the left corner with hardly any run up, beating goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet with pace and precision.

Marseille is chasing a spot in the Europa League and is in fifth place ahead of the weekend's other matches.

It was Payet's fourth goal since joining Marseille from English Premier League club West Ham in late January, and his second from a free kick. He scored from several free kicks for West Ham last season and earned a recall into the France team.

Later Saturday, Monaco faced titleholder Paris Saint-Germain in the League Cup final in Lyon.

BASTIA 0, LILLE 1

Bastia moved closer to the second division while Lille moved further away from the relegation zone.

Striker Nicolas De Preville's eighth goal of the season sealed the win for Lille, which climbed up to 13th place.

Corsican side Bastia was in 19th place and four points away from safety with just seven games remaining.

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