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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 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29