Marseille and Lyon continued their shaky begins to the season on Sunday with a 1-1 draw that leaves each side languishing in mid-table in Ligue 1.
Marseille are tenth on 9 factors following the draw on the Groupama stadium whereas Rudi Garcia’s Lyon, who reached the semi-finals of final season’s Champions League, are two factors and 4 locations again.
Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille haven’t gained within the 4 matches since they beat Paris Saint-Germain final month whereas Lyon’s winless run already stretches to 5 matches within the six-game-old season.
The hosts have drawn 4 of these matches and struggled to interrupt down Marseille though the away aspect performed a lot of the match with 10 males following Dmitri Payet’s Nineteenth-minute pink card for a excessive problem on Leo Dubois.
Marseille had taken the lead due to talisman Payet’s good end simply three minutes earlier than he was despatched off, however Houssem Aouar levelled from the penalty spot simply earlier than the half hour mark and that is how the scores remained.
Aouar, who was set to be leaving in the summertime switch window which closes on Monday, thought he had additionally scored the winner with 14 minutes remaining solely to see his objective dominated out for what seemed like a gentle foul on Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda.
“Within the circumstances it is a good level which supplies us some confidence,” stated Villas Boas.
“I am comfortable as a result of the gamers gave all the things, we rediscovered the spirit that we has final season.”
Earlier Rennes clung on to high spot in Ligue 1 after scrabbling to a 2-2 house with Reims which allowed Lille to maneuver stage on factors with the leaders with a 3-0 win at Strasbourg.
Rennes have been main on the break and have been set to return clear in first place however Boulaye Dia barged by the house defence earlier than slotting house the objective that may give Reims some extent within the 66th minute.
Lille in the meantime stormed to victory in Alsace due to targets from Zeki Celik, Renato Sanches and Burak Yilmaz which maintained their unbeaten begin to the season.
Either side are on 14 factors, one forward of newly-promoted Lens, who drop down to 3rd however are on a storming run after beating 10-time league champions Saint-Etienne 2-0 on Saturday.
Champions PSG in the meantime are lurking ominously an extra level again in fourth after destroying Angers 6-1 on Friday night time.