Marseille’s grip on second spot in danger after St Etienne draw

Marseille could lose their hold on second place in Ligue 1 after being held to a 2-2 draw at St Etienne.

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St Etienne and Marseille fought out a 2-2 draw Source: Getty Images

The visitors seemed set to grab all three points after Florian Thauvin and Morgan Sanson gave them the edge at the break despite Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s equaliser.

But mid-table St Etienne's Slovenia striker Robert Beric levelled again 15 minutes from time.

Marseille have 52 points from 25 games, 10 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain who have a game in hand.

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Third-placed Monaco are two points behind OM and will leapfrog them with a win at Angers on Saturday evening (Sunday morning AEDT).

Thauvin volleyed home after four minutes as the visitors got off to a flying start at Geoffroy Guichard.

But St Etienne levelled five minutes later when Monnet-Paquet beat goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from close range.

OM, however, were in front again in the 20th minute, Sanson latching onto a cross from Hikori Sakai.

St Etienne stayed focused though and were rewarded in the 75th when Beric chested home from Jonathan Bamba’s cross.


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Published 10 February 2018 at 10:03am
Source: Reuters