Ayew strike not enough for OM
Marseille's second win of the season continued to prove elusive on Sunday, OM's Champions League goal hero André Ayew's third of the week only enough to take a point 1-1 at home to Brest.
Didier Deschamps had said after his side's emphatic 3-0 midweek Champions League win over Dortmund his men needed to be wary of a European hangover when they returned to domestic duties, and he wasn't far off the mark as the home side struggled to impose their game or hold their shape in the 1-1 draw with Brest.
Early howler from Mandanda...
The visitors from Brittany played fearlessly from the off, not giving OM the deference that they are perhaps used to and reaping the rewards when OM captain Steve Mandanda, who has saved his side from defeat several times this season, allowed Romain Poyet's innocuous-looking 20-metre shot slip under him and into the back of the net (5').
...Ayew makes amends
The goal was Brest's first away from home this season, but it was soon cancelled out by OM's in-form forward André Ayew, who had just the simplest of tap-ins after France striker Loïc Rémy had beaten Steeve Elana and offered Ayew the open goal (18').
Both sides had chances to sneak ahead as Alou Diarra headed narrowly over from ten metres (25') and Paul Baysse beat Mandanda - but didn’t hit the target - with his headed effort (28') minutes later. There were few if any scoring chances as the game played out in the second half, a fact reflected in Deschamps' subbing off playmaker Lucho Gonzalez - to the whistles of the Vélodrome crowd - for Benoît Cheyrou on the hour mark.
No way through
Even though OM took the upper hand in the dying stages, there was no magical late goal to clinch just a second league win of the season and Marseille will have to make do with the point and a two-place jump on the table instead of the maximum haul. Brest, meanwhile - still without a win this season - climb out of the relegation zone to 17th.