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Marseille 2-2 Monaco: Frenetic Ligue 1 game ends level

  • Monaco led after four minutes but were pegged back soon by Marseille 
  • The hosts led early in the second half before a brilliant Fabinho equaliser
  • Draw means neither side could move above Lyon in the Ligue 1 table 

By Associated Press

Published: 18:41 EST, 28 January 2018 | Updated: 20:09 EST, 28 January 2018

Marseille and Monaco both missed the chance to move up to second place in Ligue 1 after drawing 2-2 in a frenetic game on Sunday.

A win would have moved either team above Lyon, who stay second behind runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain despite earlier losing 3-1 at Bordeaux.

Lyon and Marseille are level on points, with the former ahead on goal difference. Both are 11 points behind PSG, while defending champions Monaco stay fourth, another point back. They host Lyon next Sunday. 

Monaco striker Keita Balde broke free to score past Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda
Monaco striker Keita Balde broke free to score past Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda

Monaco striker Keita Balde broke free to score past Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda

Three minutes later Adil Rami nodded in a close-range header to restore parity for the hosts
Three minutes later Adil Rami nodded in a close-range header to restore parity for the hosts

Three minutes later Adil Rami nodded in a close-range header to restore parity for the hosts

MATCH FACTS 

Marseille (4-2-3-1): Mandanda; Sarr, Rami, Rolando, Sakai; Sanson, Luiz Gustavo; Thauvin, Payet (Njie 85), Ocampos (Anguissa 49); Germain (Mitroglou 90)

Unused subs: Bedimo, Abdennour, Pele, Lopez

Goals: Rami 7, Germain 47

Bookings: Payet 36, Sanson 70, Sarr 85 

Monaco (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Toure, Glik, Jemerson, Sidibe; Tielemans, Fabinho; Ghezzal (Lopes 70), Moutinho, Keita; Falcao

Unused subs: Jovetic, Raggi, Boschillia, Sy, Stylla, N'Doram 

Goals: Keita 4, Fabinho 50

Bookings: Glik 33, Ghezzal 45 

At Stade Velodrome, Marseille rallied from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 and finished the stronger side, going close late on through striker Valere Germain and midfielder Morgan Sanson.

Monaco inflicted heavy defeats on Marseille last season and perhaps it played on the players' minds at the start, since it took only four minutes for Monaco to open the scoring.

Dimitri Payet lost the ball in midfield for Marseille and Monaco surged forward. Sluggish centre half Adil Rami failed to cover properly and striker Keita Balde broke free to score past goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Rami made amends three minutes later by nodding in a close-range cross from winger Lucas Ocampos.

It was an almost identical start to the second half, but with the roles reversed. Marseille led through Germain in the 47th minute before Brazilian midfielder Fabinho equalised four minutes after.

Marseille led through Valere Germain's stooping header in the 47th minute - but not for long
Marseille led through Valere Germain's stooping header in the 47th minute - but not for long

Marseille led through Valere Germain's stooping header in the 47th minute - but not for long

Germain joined Marseille after playing an important part in Monaco's title-winning campaign. After a slow start, he is finding form. He punished his former teammates with a superb diving header at the front post from Payet's free kick on the right.

Then, Fabinho grabbed the goal of the night. He dribbled past two defenders on the edge of the penalty area, fooled defender Hiroki Sakai by feigning to shoot, and then stepped inside him before slotting the ball under Mandanda from near the penalty spot.

Monaco thought they had regained the lead through Brazilian defender Jemerson's powerful header from a free kick, but his effort was ruled out for offside when replays showed him to be on.

Fabinho equalised through the goal of the night, with a mazy dribble and a slotted finish
Fabinho equalised through the goal of the night, with a mazy dribble and a slotted finish

Fabinho equalised through the goal of the night, with a mazy dribble and a slotted finish

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