Olympique de Marseille snatched a point with a late equalizer to draw 1-1 at Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Bottom of the table with just two points, Toulouse seemed to be heading for their first win of the season after Wissam ben Yedder’s 66th-minute strike, but Lucas Mendes evaded his marker Uros Spajic to head home Mathieu Valbuena’s free-kick three minutes from time as Marseille avoided a second successive defeat.
Marseille, the runners-up last season, moved level with third-placed AS Monaco, who were due to host Lorient yesterday. The two teams are a point behind Paris Saint-Germain, who beat Girondins de Bordeaux 2-0 on Friday.
AS Saint-Etienne moved provisionally into top spot after cruising to a 3-1 win at Valenciennes.
Benjamin Corgnet scored in each half, either side of Romain Hamouma’s fine strike. Mevlut Erding also headed against the post for the visitors.
Valenciennes grabbed one back 12 minutes from time after Moustapha Bayal was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area and Maor Melikson converted the resulting spot-kick.
Also on Saturday, Stade de Reims drew 0-0 at Montpellier Herault, while Evian Thonon Gaillard won their second successive match, but almost let a comfortable lead slip before securing a 3-2 victory at AC Ajaccio.
Brice Dja Djedje gave Evian the lead at the end of the first half and a brace from Kevin Berigaud seemed to have handed the visitors the points, before Paul Lasne and Gadji Tallo scored late to set up a nervy final five minutes.
Newly promoted Nantes beat Sochaux-Montbeliard 1-0, with Filip Dordevic heading in Banel Nicolita’s free-kick 15 minutes from time.
Fellow promoted side En Avant de Guingamp drew 1-1 at home to SC Bastia, ruing a penalty miss.
Wahbi Khazri fired in a superb opener for SC Bastia shortly after halftime, but Guingamp leveled two minutes from time thanks to Mustapha Yatabare’s penalty after Christophe Mandanne was tripped in the penalty area by Drissa Diakite.
Guingamp had a great chance to snatch all three points when they were awarded another penalty in stoppage-time after Fethi Harek handled in the penalty area, but SC Bastia goalkeeper Mickael Landreau saved Yatabare’s spot-kick, with the Guingamp striker opting to again fire to the right.
A feel-good campaign allowing fans to have cardboard cutouts of themselves at Australian rugby league games has been hijacked by pranksters, with a notorious serial killer among those making an appearance — while one TV show edited an image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd. The NRL launched “Fan In The Stand” to coincide with the sport’s return at the weekend after its season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are barred from stadiums under strict health protocols, but can pay A$22 (US$15) to have their photograph printed on a life-size cutout and placed in the stands of
The losing captain thanked the winning team’s players for their personal sacrifices leading into the match and a charter flight pilot received a big round of applause when his plane beat incoming fog to touch down after midnight following another game as feel-good stories off the field matched those on it as the National Rugby League (NRL) restarted its season in Australia over the weekend. The New Zealand Warriors’ 18-0 win over St George Illawarra was the Auckland-based team’s first of the season after three rounds and it could not have come at a better time. Due to international travel restrictions
“Road Runner” Alphonso Davies lived up to his nickname with another lightning sprint on Saturday as Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. Having defeated second-placed Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away in midweek, Bayern enjoyed a 5-0 romp over Fortuna Duesseldorf. Defender Mathias Joergensen scored an early own-goal before Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski (2) and Davies scored for Bayern. With five games remaining, the defending champions, who have won their past eight league games, are comfortably on course for an eighth straight league title. Davies scored the best goal of the game when the fleet-footed defender pressed Duesseldorf into making a mistake, barged
Taiwan Steel celebrated a big win over Tatung in the Taiwan Premier League yesterday, while undefeated Taichung Futuro remained at the top of the table, although their lead is only one point. Four of the eight teams were in action, completing matches postponed the previous weekend due to rain, with Taipower and Hang Yuan playing out a scoreless draw in Kaohsiung. Taiwan Steel are sorting out their early-season problems as they chase the leaders and it showed against defending champions Tatung at the Jhubei Stadium in Hsinchu County. Haitian striker Benchy Astama netted a brace and midfielder Kuo Po-wei’s outstanding solo effort sent