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French Ligue 1

Stade Velodrome 11th November 2012 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: S Ennjimi

Marseille Marseille vs Nice Nice

Marseille 2

A Ayew (40)
M Valbuena (68)

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Nice 2

D Cvitanich (51)
F Abriel (89)

Nice strike late to hold Marseille

Last Updated: 11/11/12 11:12pm

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Fabrice Abriel celebrates his goal

Fabrice Abriel celebrates his goal

Fabrice Abriel's late volley rescued a point for Nice from a 2-2 draw after they twice fell behind to Marseille at the Stade Velodrome.

Marseille took the lead just before the break through Andre Ayew but Dario Cvitanich levelled the scores six minutes after the restart.

Although Mathieu Valbuena, who missed a first half spot-kick, put Marseille back in front Abriel was on hand two minutes from time to ensure Nice left with a point.

The home side started brightly and six minutes in Morgan Amalfitano picked out Benoit Cheyrou inside the area but he directed his header just wide of the left post.

Just before the half-hour mark Marseille had a golden chance to take the lead after Amalfitano was brought down by Kevin Gomis inside the area, but David Ospina dived right way and deflected the forward's effort away from danger.

Marseille however did take the lead 10 minutes later as Valbuena went some way to making amends for his penalty miss by providing a pinpoint cross for Ayew, who rose highest to glance a header beyond Ospina.

Steve Mandanda was called onto the action as the half drew to the close as he tipped a Cvitanich free-kick wide.

However the striker was to find the net just a minute after the break as he headed home a Valentin Eyserric cross.

Nice had a goal chalked off on the hour mark as Eyserric free-kick found the net, however the referee deemed that Cvitanich, who was standing in an offside position, had blocked the keeper's view.

Marseille had no such problems after 68 minutes when Ayew turned a Jeremy Morel delivery onto the crossbar where Valbuena was on hand to tap home.

Ayew tested Ospina with a powerful left-footed drive from 25 metres and that save was to prove crucial as Alexy Bosetti got in behind Rod Fanni on the left wing and delivered a perfect cross towards for Abriel to volley home.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 18 37
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Bordeaux 18 31
6 Monaco 18 29
7 Rennes 18 28
8 Nantes 18 27
9 Montpellier 18 25
10 Reims 18 25
11 Nice 19 22
12 Lille 17 21
13 Guingamp 18 21
14 Lorient 18 20
15 Toulouse 18 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
18 Metz 18 19
19 Bastia 18 17
20 Caen 18 14