Nantes 1-1 Marseille: Victory beyond reach for Nantes, as they only manage a 1-1 draw with Marseille

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Technical card:
Nantes: Alban Lafont, Dennis Appiah, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Andrei, Charles Traore, Ludovic Blas, Pedro Chirivella, Abdoulaye Toure, Imran Louza (Marcus Coco, min.82), Moses Simon (Abdoul Kader Bamba, min.67) and Randal Kolo Muani (Renaud Emond, min.82)
Marseille: Steve Mandanda, Hiroki Sakai, Alvaro Gonzalez, Duje Caleta Car, Yuto Nagatomo (Jordan Amavi, min.90), Saif-Eddine Khaoui (Pol Lirola, min.90), Dimitri Payet, Pape Alassane Gueye, Boubacar Kamara (Mickael Cuisance, min.79), Luis Henrique (Valentin Rongier, min.45) and Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke Dieng (Valere Germain, min.45)
Stadium: the Stade de la Beaujoire
Goals: Ludovic Blas (1-0, min. 50) and Dimitri Payet (1-1, min. 69)

Nantes were held to 1-1 draw by Marseille down on Saturday at the Stade de la Beaujoire. Nantes were keen to hang onto their position at the top of league and extend their winning run, following a 3-1 victory against Angers. Marseille, on the other hand, had managed to pick up a single point in their encounter with Bordeaux. After today’s result, Nantes and Marseille are 18th, (23 points) and 6th, (38 points), in the table respectively, after 26 matches.

After an uneventful first half, The second half started favourably for Nantes, thanks to early goal from Ludovic Blas in the 50th minute. However, they didn’t maintain the lead for long though, an equalizer from a Dimitri Payet in the 69th minute brought Marseille level, levelled the score at 1-1 draw.

For Nantes Abdoul Kader Bamba, Renaud Emond and Marcus Coco came on for Moses Simon, Randal Kolo Muani and Imran Louza, while Marseille brought on Valere Germain, Valentin Rongier, Mickael Cuisance, Jordan Amavi and Pol Lirola to replace Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke Dieng, Luis Henrique, Boubacar Kamara, Yuto Nagatomo and Saif-Eddine Khaoui.

The referee booked Charles Traore, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Pedro Chirivella and Abdoul Kader Bamba from Nantes. Marseille had the worst of it though, with Alvaro Gonzalez seeing yellow, and Hiroki Sakai then sent off with a red.

Nantes will next travel to Nimes, while Marseille will face Lyon at home.

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