PARIS: Olympique de Marseille were held to a 1-1 home draw by 10-man Lille on Sunday as they missed the chance to rejoin Nice in second place in Ligue 1.
Cengiz Under salvaged a point for Marseille as he cancelled out Sven Botman’s opener for the French champions, but Jorge Sampaoli’s side failed to make the most of their numerical advantage following Benjamin Andre’s 32nd-minute sending off.
The result left Marseille, who have a game in hand, in third place on 37 points from 20 games, two behind Nice, and 13 adrift of leaders Paris St Germain. Lille are 10th on 29 points, also from 20 matches played.
Stade Rennais are fourth on 34 points after destroying 10-man Girondins de Bordeaux 6-0 earlier on Sunday.
Striker Gaetan Laborde and winger Martin Terrier each scored to reach 10 league goals apiece this season — as many as Paris St Germain star Kylian Mbappe — to plunge Vladimir Petkovic’s struggling side into the relegation zone.
Philippe Clement’s first home game in charge of Monaco saw France striker Wissam Ben Yedder score twice in a 4-0 home win against Clermont Foot. Monaco moved ahead of Lens on goal difference into fifth.
Strasbourg climbed to seventh after rallying to win 3-1 at home to Montpellier.
Striker Moussa Dembele’s first-half penalty was enough for midtable Olympique Lyonnais to win 1-0 at Troyes.
Troyes are in 17th but Metz moved away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Reims and strugglers Lorient drew 0-0 at home to Angers.
Published in Dawn, January 18th, 2022