Marseille, third-placed, ran into a draw (1-1) at home against Lille, who played much of the game with one man less, this Sunday at the close of matchday 21 of French Ligue 1.
Of the leading trio, Marseille was the only one that failed to win this weekend: leader Paris Saint-Germain beat Brest (13th) 2-0 on Saturday and Nice (2nd) defeated 2-1 on Friday to Nantes (9th).
The Marseillais are therefore two points behind Nice, with whom they had started this match day, and are now 13 points behind the leader.
Marseille, yes, has played one game less than the two teams that precede it in the table.
Lille (10th), current champion of the French league but this season is in the middle of the table, got ahead at the Velodrome stadium with a goal from Sven Botman in a corner kick (minute 15).
But the northern team suffered a serious blow with the expulsion of Benjamin André in minute 32.
Marseille could not take full advantage of this numerical superiority and it was difficult for them to tie. He didn’t get it until minute 75, with a superb shot from the Turkish Cengiz Under, but then Olympique couldn’t complete the comeback and take the three points.
Lille has been stuck to Marseille this course. In the first round he defeated him 2-0, in which Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli considered the worst game of the season.
The former coach of the Albiceleste regretted this occasion that his team could not take advantage of his clear dominance in the game.
“For sixty minutes it has been a monologue from Olympique de Marseille, which we have not been able to conclude,” said Sampaoli.
“We lacked effectiveness to win this game, in which we spent the entire second half in their field. They have defended very well,” he stressed.
– Bordeaux, in decline –
Behind, Rennes (4th), who crushed a drifting Bordeaux 6-0 (19th), is close to three points behind third-place Marseille, which marks the ‘Champions zone’ in France.
The Breton team’s goals in that ‘blank set’ were scored by Martin Terrier (32), Benjamin Bourigeaud (43), Gaëtan Laborde (61), Adrien Truffert (69) and a double by Serhou Guirassy (89, 90+2 ). The five local scorers are of French nationality.
Bordeaux drops to 19th place (penultimate), falling into the direct relegation zone. Lorient (18th), who drew goalless with Angers (12th), overtakes them in the table on goal difference.
For its part, Monaco is once again fifth in the standings after beating Clermont 4-0 (16th).
Wissam Ben Yedder shone in the game with a double, which allows him to add 12 goals, reaching the top of the Ligue 1 top scorers table to the Canadian Jonathan David (Lille).
Monaco’s new coach, the Belgian Philippe Clement, thus ended his home debut successfully at the Principality’s Louis II stadium.
Lyon is eleventh after winning 1-0 in Troyes (17th).
The Lionesses had not won in the league since the end of November and put an end to their losing streak thanks to a penalty converted in the 33rd by Moussa Dembelé.
After the good image in the draw against the leader Paris Saint-Germain last day, Lyon seems to confirm its improvement, just before the derby against Saint-Etienne (20th, bottom), on Friday next week.
In the other matches of the day, Strasbourg (7th) and Metz (15th) respectively beat Montpellier (8th) by 3-1 and Reims (14th) by 1-0.
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