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LEAGUE 1: Late Mendes strike rescues a point for l’OM at Toulouse

AP, PARIS

Toulouse goalkepper Ali Ahamada, left, makes a save against Olympique de Marseille’s Dimitri Payet in their Ligue 1 match at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France, on Saturday.

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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.

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