Ligue 1 round-up: Marseille and Monaco play out entertaining draw

Marseille and Monaco could not be separated as they fought out a competitive 2-2 draw in Ligue 1.

Forward Keita Balde raced through to slot the visitors into a fourth-minute lead at Stade Velodrome after Dimitri Payet had conceded possession, but defender Adil Rami quickly headed Marseille level.

The third-placed hosts, a point and a place above their opponents, made a blistering start to the second half and went ahead in the 47th minute when Valere Germain headed in against his former club from Payet’s free-kick.

Leonardo Jardim’s men quickly fought back though and Brazilian midfielder Fabinho broke into the box and coolly finished off the left upright to restore parity four minutes later.

Monaco centre-back Jemerson then had a powerful headed finish disallowed by referee Antony Gautier as the game ended all-square.

Earlier in the day, Bordeaux’s sought-after forward Malcom won and converted a disputed penalty as second-placed Lyon suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat.

Malcom scored a penalty for Bordeaux in their 3-1 win over Lyon despite appearing to dive to win the spot kick

The Brazilian – linked with Premier League rivals Tottenham and Arsenal this month – threw himself to the ground inside the box under pressure from Lyon defender Jeremy Morel before putting the hosts 2-0 up with the resulting 27th-minute spot-kick.

Replays showed Morel had made no contact but that did not stop referee Francois Letexier pointing to the spot, five minutes after Bordeaux forward Nicolas De Preville had put the home side ahead.

Lyon bounced back from their misfortune and looked to have given themselves hope for the second half when defender Marcelo halved the deficit a minute before the break.

But Bordeaux, under new manager Gus Poyet, restored their two-goal cushion thanks to a second penalty, scored by Gaetan Laborde in first-half stoppage time, and then held on for victory following Otavio’s 76th-minute dismissal for two bookable offences.

Earlier in the day, Edgar Ie scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner as struggling Lille moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 success over Strasbourg.

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