Nine-man Marseille held

A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1, with Marseille having two men sent off in a 1-1 draw.

Last Updated: 10/02/13 at 22:39 Post Comment

Marseille's Jordan Ayew trudges off

Marseille's Jordan Ayew trudges off

Marseille finished the match with nine men and failed to take advantage of struggling opposition as a 1-1 draw with Evian saw them continue a poor run with their challenge at the top of Ligue 1 faltering.

Things had looked good for the visitors, who started the match in third place, when Andre-Pierre Gignac put them ahead five minutes after the break.

However, the lead lasted just eight minutes before Yannick Sagbo levelled from the spot after Kassim Abdallah had fouled Saber Khelifa, with the defender also given a straight red card as the last man.

Marseille's miserable afternoon continued 15 minutes from time when Jordan Ayew was sent off after being shown his second yellow card and they have now taken just two points from three games.

Lyon's title bid took a huge blow as they suffered a second straight defeat, a surprise 3-1 home loss to Lille.

Coming on the back of last week's reverse away to lowly AC Ajaccio, this result leaves them six points adrift of Paris St Germain who have suddenly found themselves coasting after poor results for both Lyon and Marseille since the winter break.

Aurelien Chedjou headed the visitors in front after 28 minutes and then doubled their advantage through Florent Balmont seconds before the break, converting Lyon coach Remi Garde's half-time address into crisis talks.

But whatever he said did little good as Salomon Kalou fired in a penalty five minutes into the second half.

Lisandro Lopez got one back from the penalty spot seven minutes later but nothing would come for Les Gones in open play and Lille saw the game out.

Two late goals by Romain Alessandrini and Mevlut Erding guided Rennes to their first victory in three games as they beat Toulouse 2-0.

Alessandrini struck 11 minutes from time pouncing on a rare error by Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada before Erding volleyed home five minutes later to confirm victory and leave the visitors winless in three matches.

On Saturday, in-form St Etienne stepped up their bid for Champions League football by casting aside champions Montpellier 4-1 at a snowy Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

First-half goals from Brandao and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were followed by a third from Yohan Mollo three minutes after half-time.

Montpellier immediately pulled a goal back through Remy Cabella before the match was delayed for 30 minutes when the snow made conditions unplayable.

With fears the game could be called off the ASSE players helped clear the pitch and their efforts were rewarded after the resumption with a fourth goal, through Mathieu Bodmer, and a sixth successive win in all competitions.

The win leaves them on the cusp of the Champions League places while Montpellier, who had started to climb the table themselves, suffered a third successive away league defeat.

Bordeaux slipped out of the top four after slumping to a 1-0 defeat at improving Ajaccio, who followed up their surprise win over Lyon last weekend with another impressive scalp.

A first-half strike from Ricardo Faty was enough to earn Ajaccio the spoils as Bordeaux suffered only their second defeat in 13 matches in all competitions.

The loss sees Bordeaux drop to sixth in the standings, with St Etienne taking their spot among the European places.

Ajaccio, meanwhile, are up to 14th after extending their unbeaten run to five matches in Ligue 1, which has also included holding title favourites PSG.

Valentin Eysseric's late equaliser secured Nice a share of the spoils in their Ligue 1 clash with fellow Europa League hopefuls Lorient at the Stade Municipal du Ray.

Eysseric coolly slotted home eight minutes from time to cancel out Lucas Mareque's 75th-minute opener for the visitors.

Reims won away from home for the first time since returning to Ligue 1 as Nancy's resurgence was halted after a 2-1 loss.

The Lorraine side had won their last two games, their first league wins since the opening day of the season, and took the lead through defender Sebastien Puygrenier on the half-hour.

But goals from Floyd Ayite and Odair Fortes in the second half turned the game around and Gaetan Courtet had a late third disallowed.

Brest remained just two points clear of Ligue 1's relegation zone after losing 2-1 to Valenciennes at the Stade du Hainaut.

First-half goals from Mathieu Dossevi and Rudy Mater were enough to secure a win that leaves VA 10th in the table.

Charlison Benschop hit the post for Brest in the second half but they had only Florian Raspentino's late goal for consolation.

Troyes moved off bottom spot by the slightest of margins with a goalless draw against a Sochaux side who also remain in deep trouble in the Ligue 1 survival battle.

A point drew the home side level with Nancy on 18 points, with a slightly superior goals-scored record giving Troyes the edge.

Sochaux remain one point and one place above the drop zone after an uninspiring encounter that deserved no victor.

Sebastien Corchia had what was probably Sochaux's best chance in the 17th minute when he struck a free-kick from 25 yards out and skimmed the outside of the post.

On Friday night, leaders Paris St Germain continued their march with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bastia at the Parc des Princes.

The capital club did all the damage after a goalless first 45 minutes in which the decision to keep star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench, with next week's champions League trip to Valencia in mind, looked as though it could prove costly.

But after Jeremy Menez made the breakthrough on 51 minutes, the enigmatic Swede stepped off the bench to score his 21st league goal from the penalty spot.

Wahbi Khazri's free-kick pulled a goal back late on, to end goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu's unbeaten record at 947 minutes, before another substitute, Ezequiel Lavezzi, quickly ensured there would be no PSG slip-up.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

De Gea: United 'cannot' fail

David De Gea says that Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League next season "no matter what".

Lucas ready to make an impact

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to recapture what he considers his best form in two years after recovering from injury.

Mats Hummels denies promising to join Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has denied making any promise to join Manchester United.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company