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Marseille draws 2-2 with Bordeaux
Marseille rallies from 2-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Bordeaux in French league
Associated Press
2013-12-22 11:42 PM

MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Marseille rallied from a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw with Bordeaux in the French league.

Bordeaux's Brazilian striker Jussie headed home a corner from Ludovic Obraniak in the 34th minute before forward Nicolas Maurice-Belay doubled the lead with a low diagonal strike in the 66th.

But a lapse of concentration by Bordeaux players allowed the hosts to equalize quickly.

Marseille midfielder Alaixys Romao scored from close range in the 73rd and striker Andre-Pierre Gignac converted a cross from Benjamin Mendy a minute later.

Bordeaux stayed in fourth place in the table and Marseille is sixth.

Later Sunday, leader Paris Saint-Germain played third-place Lille and Lyon faced Lorient.

On Saturday, it was: Saint-Etienne 2, Nantes 0; Bastia 0, Montpellier 0; Nice 3, Evian 1; Reims 4, Ajaccio 1; Sochaux 2, Rennes 1; and Toulouse 0, Guingamp 0.

On Friday, Valenciennes upset second-place Monaco 2-1.

Marseille put the visitors under pressure in the opening minutes, but Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso saved Gignac's low effort in the fourth minute and Florian Thauvin's powerful strike in the 11th.

Marseille dominated the first half but was betrayed by some poor finishing. Thauvin dribbled past two defenders but fired into the side-netting in the 16th while an unmarked Giannelli Imbula failed to convert a cross from Kassim Abdallah in the 43rd.

Bordeaux was much more clinical and converted its first scoring chance when Jussie outjumped Romao at the far post to nod in.

Marseille pushed for an equalizer with a curling shot from Gignac in the 53rd and a long-range strike from Imbula in the 57th.

But Bordeaux capitalized on a defensive mistake from Abdallah to add a second goal. The Marseille defender took too much time to clear a cross from Mariano, allowing Maurice-Belay to get ahead of him and beat goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Bordeaux seemed to have the match under control but lowered its guard on a set piece. Carrasso palmed a free kick from Thauvin into the path of Romao, who flicked home. Gignac then beat Bordeaux fullback Maxime Poundje to the ball to level a minute later.

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