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French Ligue 1

Route de Lorient 2nd November 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: A Castro

Rennes Rennes vs Marseille Marseille

Rennes 1

N Oliveira (9)

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Marseille 1

J Ayew (16)

Marseille halt losing streak

Last Updated: 02/11/13 8:11pm

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Jordan Ayew keeps possession against Rennes

Jordan Ayew keeps possession against Rennes

Marseille escaped with a 1-1 draw at Rennes to end a run of six successive defeats in all competitions.

Despite trailing to a goal from Nelson Oliveira, OM hit back soon after with a Jordan Ayew strike.

And they held on to that point by the skin of their teeth as Oliveira saw a second-half penalty saved by Steve Mandanda before the goalkeeper made another crucial intervention in stoppage time.

OM coach Elie Baup had said before the match he was not too disheartened by his side's poor run, but he may have been reconsidering that opinion when they fell behind after just nine minutes at the Stade de la Route de Lorient.

Jonathan Pitroipa's cross was poorly dealt with by defender Jeremy Morel and the clearance fell kindly for Oliveira, who responded with 20-yard bullet into the top corner.

However, the visitors were back on level terms six minutes later thanks to Ayew, who got on the end of a pass from Alaixys Romao to stab home from close range.

That goal gave Marseille a renewed sense of confidence and they could have gone in front on the half-hour but Florian Thauvin's left-footed volley was a fraction too high, kissing the crossbar on its way over.

Rennes came back fighting in the second half and Oliveira also fired inches over the target as they looked to regain the advantage.

And they were handed the perfect opportunity to do so after 74 minutes when Kassim Abdallah tripped Foued Kadir in the area.

Oliveira took responsibility for the resulting spot-kick but his low strike was kept out by Mandanda.

And the OM keeper came to the rescue again three minutes into stoppage time, denying Oliveira once more as the Portuguese forward tried to force a winner from close range.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Nice 33 39
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20