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LEAGUE 1: Error by Mandanda costs Olympique de Marseille dear

Reuters, PARIS

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda’s blunder cost Ligue 1 title hopefuls Olympique de Marseille two points as they conceded a last-gasp goal to draw 2-2 at Stade Rennais on Saturday.

Marseille looked set for a deserved win after Jordan Ayew gave them a 2-1 lead in the 82nd minute, but Rennes equalized when Mandanda mishandled a routine cross from Abdoulaye Sane.

The ball bounced on to the near post and into the path of Romain Alessandrini, who poked it home two minutes from time.

The result left Elie Baup’s side in third place with 42 points from 22 matches, three behind leaders Olympique Lyon.

Second-placed Paris Saint-Germain were to reclaim the lead if they avoided defeat against LOSC Lille Metropole at the Parc des Princes yesterday.

Champions Montpellier Herault climbed to seventh on 32 points, after first-half goals by Emmanuel Herrera and John Utaka sealed a straightforward 2-0 home win over Sochaux-Montbeliard.

At Rennes’s Stade de la Route de Lorient, Marseille were sharper and a week after the Ayew brothers scored one each in a 3-2 win over Montpellier, they were at it again.

In the 37th minute, Andre launched a swift counterattack and played a one-two with Mathieu Valbuena, who set him up with a delightful through-ball for the Ghana striker to beat Benoit Costil with a low crossed shot.

The unmarked Kevin Theophile Catherine headed into the top corner in the 58th minute for the Rennes equalizer.

Jordan Ayew gave the visitors the lead with eight minutes left when he latched on to a Morgan Amalfitano cross.

Basement side AS Nancy-Lorraine and second-bottom ES Troyes AC snatched 2-1 home victories over Lorient and Stade Brestois 29 respectively.

Nancy have 15 points and Troyes 16.

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