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Marseille loses ground in chase for 2nd place after 1-1 draw

Marseille loses ground in chase for 2nd place after 1-1 draw

PARIS (AP) — Marseille lost ground in the chase for second place and an automatic spot in the Champions League after a 1-1 draw at Angers on Sunday.

Florian Thauvin's 20th league goal of the season wasn't enough for Marseille, which failed to build on his third-minute penalty and conceded late in the second half.

Angers went close to equalizing several times, with Marseille goalkeeper Yohann Pele making a fine stop to keep out a fierce drive from midfielder Prince Oniangue. The pressure finally paid off when defender Ismael Traore scored with a powerful downward header from a corner in the 79th minute.

The draw leaves Marseille in fourth place with three games left, one point behind Monaco and two behind Lyon in second place.

"We know it's going to be difficult, but it will be for everyone," Marseille center half Adil Rami said on beIN Sports television. "We should have done better."

Thauvin has scored 23 goals overall in an outstanding season and is one of four nominees for the French league Player of the Year award. Goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle guessed correctly on his penalty, diving to his left, but the shot had enough power on it.

Thauvin was taken off 30 minutes from time, with coach Rudi Garcia keeping him fresh for Thursday's Europa League semifinal return leg at Salzburg. Marseille won the first leg 2-0, with Thauvin scoring and attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet setting up both goals.

Later Sunday, French champion Paris Saint-Germain was at home to Guingamp.


Rennes is one point behind fifth-place Saint-Etienne in the race for a Europa League spot after beating struggling Toulouse 2-1 at home.

Toulouse, which is 17th, took an early lead thanks to an own-goal from defender Joris Gnagnon.

James Lea Siliki equalized in the 39th minute and fellow midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud gave Rennes the lead shortly after halftime.

Rennes played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Lea Siliki was sent off.


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Updated : 2021-05-06 12:12 GMT+08:00