Marseille frustrations continue

Dec 16, 2007 - 10:46 PM By PA SportsTicker

Marseille ended a disappointing week on a frustrating note after squandering a two-goal lead at Bordeaux on Sunday evening.

OM, whose Champions League hopes were ended on Tuesday night after they lost 4-0 against Liverpool at the Stade Velodrome, cruised into a commanding lead against Les Girondins thanks to goals from Mamadou Niang and Benoit Cheyrou.

But Marouane Chamakh pulled one back before Jussie equalised with 20 minutes to go for a Bordeaux side who moved back into third place with the 2-2 draw.

Nancy could not take advantage of Lyon's draw against Nice on Saturday as they were also held to a goalless draw at Strasbourg.

Pablo Correa's side have now collected just three points from their last four games but Lyon's draw means they are still four points behind the champions.

On Saturday, Lyon were lucky to escape with a goalless draw at the Stade Gerland. Visitors Nice had the best chance of the game with six minutes to go when Ederson's free-kick crashed off the underside of the bar and landed just the wrong side of the line.

Le Mans and Lorient were also unable to muster a goal between them while Lille climbed out of the bottom three with a 3-0 triumph over St Etienne after first-half goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Nicolas Plestan.

Yohan Cabaye notched the team's third from the penalty spot four minutes after the restart.

Metz's season went from bad to worse after a 2-1 home defeat to Sochaux in a battle of the league's bottom two sides.

Sochaux, who went into the contest with just 13 points from their first 17 games, started well with Mevlut Erding scoring in the 11th minute.

Stephane Dalmat doubled the lead with an 83rd-minute penalty.

Miralem Pjanic gave the hosts a lifeline with a spot-kick four minutes from the end but they could not find an equaliser.

Lens are just one point clear of the drop zone after falling to a 2-0 defeat at Monaco.

Jeremy Menez scored both of Monaco's goals, in the 57th and 82nd minutes.

Lens' frustration was complete when Aruna Dindane was sent-off in the 90th minute.

Paris St Germain are also enduring a nightmare season with Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Toulouse leaving the French giants third bottom on just 19 points.

Johan Elmander scored either side of half-time to give Toulouse a 2-0 lead, with Pedro Pauleta's 90th-minute penalty accounting for PSG's goal.

Caen maintained their pursuit of European football with a 2-1 win at Rennes which came courtesy of goals from Anthony Deroin and Juan Eluchans.

Substitute Mickael Pagis hit the back of the net in the 88th minute but it was too little, too late for Rennes.

Caen are sixth in Ligue 1 after the win.

Valenciennes are arguably the biggest surprise in France. The club located in the mining region of the country defeated Auxerre 3-0 and are fifth.

Steve Savidan put them on their way with a 13th-minute penalty and Eric Chelle doubled the advantage just before the half-hour mark.

Johan Audel finished off the scoring with a strike 10 minutes from the end.






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