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Parc des Sports 10th February 2013 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: A Gautier

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs Marseille Marseille

Evian 1

Y Sagbo (pen 59)

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Marseille 1

A Gignac (50)
K Abdallah (S/O 57)
J Ayew (S/O 75)

Evian hold nine-man Marseille

Last Updated: 10/02/13 5:28pm

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Yannick Sagbo is mobbed after scoring

Yannick Sagbo is mobbed after scoring

Marseille finished the match with nine men and failed to take advantage of struggling opposition as a 1-1 draw with Evian saw them continue a poor run with their challenge at the top of Ligue 1 faltering.

Things had looked good for the visitors, who started the match in third place, when Andre-Pierre Gignac put them ahead five minutes after the break.

However, the lead lasted just eight minutes before Yannick Sagbo levelled from the spot after Kassim Abdallah had fouled Saber Khelifa, with the defender also given a straight red card as the last man.

Marseille's miserable afternoon continued 15 minutes from time when Jordan Ayew was sent off after being shown his second yellow card and they have now taken just two points from three games.

It was Marseille though who started better, Rod Fanni's drilled shot drawing the first save of the game from Bertrand Laquait. Foued Kadir then drove a low right-footed shot which the goalkeeper again thwarted.

However, Evian almost went ahead after 32 minutes when Gignac was forced to head Kevin Berigaud's backheel clear off the line with goalkeeper Steve Mandanda beaten.

Alaixys Romao then fired in a 30-yard shot for Marseille that required a flying save from Laquait but the teams reached half-time goalless.

Gignac finally opened the scoring after 50 minutes with a fierce 25-yard shot which completely took the keeper by surprise.

But the hosts were soon level through Sagbo's penalty, with the visitors' job all the harder thanks to Abdallah's red card.

Khelifa's snap shot was deflected away by Mandanda before Berigaud's curled shot was deflected by a defender.

Marseille were then reduced to nine men thanks to Ayew's dismissal but Evian could not take advantage, only coming close when Sidney Govou's volley was repelled by Mandanda.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 23 47
3 Paris St Germain 23 47
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 23 36
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 23 32
9 Nantes 23 32
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 23 29
12 Lille 23 28
13 Guingamp 22 28
14 Toulouse 23 25
15 Bastia 23 24
16 Lorient 23 24
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 23 23
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 23 21
20 Metz 23 21