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  • December 1, 2010
  • • 18:00
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: R. Buquet
  • • Attendance: 50057
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Olympique De Marseille 0-0 Stade Rennais: Steve Mandanda Stops Jires Ekoko Penalty In Stalemate

Olympique De Marseille 0-0 Stade Rennais: Steve Mandanda Stops Jires Ekoko Penalty In Stalemate

Both les Phoceens and les Rouge et Noir missed chances in the scoreless encounter...

There would be no goals between Olympique de Marseille and Stade Rennais in their rearranged Ligue 1 fixture, but both teams would miss golden opportunities to claim maximum points.

The most glaring opening fell the way of the Bretons after just minutes following a foul committed by Steve Mandanda on the bust Yann M’Vila. From the penalty spot, the goalkeeper was the equal of Jires Ekoko’s kick, diving low to his right to keep out the effort.

For the most part it was the hosts doing the pressing, though Nicolas Douchez was only forced into meaningful action on a handful of occasions. Brandao missed a glut of chances, most notably when he got free down the left channel but had his effort repelled by les Rouge et Noir’s custodian.

It was the rather more cultured Lucho Gonzalez who sent OM’s best second half chance a-begging, shooting marginally wide from 12 yards after Brandao initially pounced on an error from the visiting team.

A draw was good enough to put OM one point clear of the pack in Ligue 1, yet Didier Deschamps will see this as an opportunity missed to put clear water between his side and their rivals.

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