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Route de Lorient 26th January 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: T Chapron

Rennes Rennes vs Marseille Marseille

Rennes 2

K Theophile-Catherine (59)
R Alessandrini (88)

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Marseille 2

A Ayew (37)
J Ayew (82)

Romain saves Rennes

Last Updated: 26/01/13 6:45pm

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Romain Alessandrini: Scored Rennes' equaliser

Romain Alessandrini: Scored Rennes' equaliser

A late goal by Romain Alessandrini ensured Rennes picked up a point from their Ligue 1 clash with Marseille.

Marseille were heading for victory when Jordan Ayew volleyed home with seven minutes to go after his brother, Andre, and Kevin Theophile Catherine had traded goals.

However, Rennes were not finished and Alessandrini tapped home a simple goal after goalkeeper Steve Mandanda had parried the ball into his path.

The hosts made the early running, Romain Danze heading Alessandrini's cross over before the latter's fierce shot was inches above the bar.

However, it was Marseille who went ahead. Mathieu Valbuena and Andre Ayew combined inside the penalty area before the latter slotted home a low left-footed shot.

They almost doubled their lead two minutes before the break when the unmarked Andre Ayew unleashed a goalbound volley only to be thwarted by Benoit Costil.

Alessandrini was heavily involved and his cross found Mevlut Erding with the striker's volley forcing Mandanda into a save.

Rennes did force the equaliser with a little over half an hour remaining.

Again Alessandrini played a part, his corner finding Kevin Theophile Catherine in the six-yard box and the defender headed home.

Theophile Catherine's cross was volleyed on target by Danze but the ball was deflected away by the defence.

Then after 83 minutes, Marseille regained the lead, Morgan Amalfitano crossing towards the far post where Jordan Ayew volleyed home a low shot.

They were on the brink of victory when Alessandrini intervened.

Abdoulaye Sane's cross was intercepted by Mandanda but the keeper could only push the ball out to Alessandrini who had a simple tap-in to rescue a point.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15