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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 68
2 Lyon 33 65
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 33 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26