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Ligue 1

  • December 19, 2010
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: C. Turpin
  • • Attendance: 54290

Marseille 1-1 Lyon: Valbuena's Clever Finish Rescues Point For Marseille

Marseille 1-1 Lyon: Valbuena's Clever Finish Rescues Point For Marseille

Mathieu Valbuena's flicked finish denies Lyon top spot as Marseille earn a draw against their title rivals...

Marseille and Lyon had to settle for a share of the spoils at Stade Velodrome as the two teams played out an uninspiring 1-1 draw in front of a lively crowd.

The away team took the lead on 35 minutes when Lisandro Lopez finished off a pacey counter-attacking move. Didier Deschamp's men were level on 51 minutes when Mathieu Valbuena improvised finish beat Hugo Lloris for Marseille to earn a point against one of their rivals.

The draw means Marseille move above Saint Etienne into fifth place on goal difference while Lyon remain in fourth spot, failing to capitalise on their opportunity to go top of the league.

The game lacked a steady rhythm early on yet Marseille could have taken the lead as early as the eighth minute. A defensive mix-up between Dejan Lovren and Pape Diakhate saw the ball fall to Andre Ayew who saw his powerful 20-yard drive comfortably saved by Lloris.

On 21 minutes the home side had a goal chalked off for offside, a controversial moment in the contest. Benoit Cheyrou's cross from a free-kick fell to Andre-Pierre Gignac who made no mistake in sliding the ball into the far corner from 15 yards out. However Loic Remy, who was standing in an offside position was adjudged to be interfering with play despite failing to make contact with the ball.

Despite looking unconvincing in the early stages of the game, Lyon took the lead on 35 minutes. A quick counter-attack saw Michel Bastos slide a pass inside the box. Jean Makoun did well to leave the ball to Lisandro Lopez who just about controlled the ball before smashing it into the roof of the net from eight yards out for his eighth Ligue 1 goal of the season.

The away team came close to doubling their lead on 41 minutes when another impressive counter-attack saw Bastos storm past several Marseille defenders before unleashing a powerful low effort from the edge of the box that narrowly missed the target.

Marseille started the second half with real attacking intent and were level on 51 minutes. Cheyrou picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and curled a left footed effort towards Lloris yet Mathieu Valbuena was on hand to instinctively flick the ball into the corner of the net from 10 yards out leaving the Lyon 'keeper stranded.

Lyon came close to regaining the lead on 56 minutes when the ball fell to Maxime Gonalons 25 yards out who send a rasping drive towards goal with Steve Mandanda brilliantly holding onto the ball.

Les Gones nearly scored the crucial third goal of the game on 64 minutes after some excellent work from Makoun. The Cameroonian midfielder worked his way into the OM box before laying the ball of to Bafetimbi Gomis on the edge of the area who saw his low drive narrowly miss the bottom corner of the net.

On 77 minutes it was the home side who missed a glorious chance to take the lead. Pape Diakhate's dreadful header back to Lloris was intercepted by Gignac who flicked the ball over the 'keeper at an angle and watched on as his shot agonisingly missed the target.

Both sides did push for a winner but failed to find the inspiration to take all three points. Lyon are back in action on Wednesday evening when they entertain Auxerre while Marseille travel to surprise package Stade Brestois.

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