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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 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11