FC Metz's Matthieu Udol celebrates a goal
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Marseille 1-1 FC Metz: Ten-man hosts pegged back

Marseille 1-1 FC Metz: Ten-man hosts pegged back

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Publish on 02/10 at 02:00 - E. DEVIN

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FC Metz kicked off Matchday 21 in Ligue 1 Uber Eats by earning what could prove a valuable point, drawing against Olympique de Marseille at the Vélodrome.

On paper, a match between two teams that entered the weekend’s action eighth and sixteenth wouldn’t have seemed like much of a contest, especially with visitors Metz not having won since November. But, as the adage goes, football is played on the pitch, and what would have seemed one-way traffic unspooled as a thrilling one-all draw.

Marseille struggled to get to grips with the match early on, dominating possession but having few chances of note. With a raft of absences in midfield, Gennaro Gattuso’s side had plenty of attacking impetus, but lacked much in the way of creativity, as Metz’s five-man defence held strong.

Things would go from middling to worse, though, as Samuel Gigot was sent off for a last man foul on Didier Lamkel Zé on the half hour mark, forcing Gattuso to look to an already-thin bench. The red would spark the hosts into life, though as Jean Onana would force Metz ‘keeper Alexandre Oukidja into a good save from a corner moments later, in the midst of a raft of chances for Azzedine Ounahi.

Despite spurning these chances, Marseille’s perseverance would pay off after the break, as Faris Moumbagna would score his first league goal, netting from a cutback by fellow January signing Quentin Merlin.

Just as the red card had awoken Marseille, so too did the goal have this effect on Metz, who quickly levelled through. Matthieu Udol, the defender heading home from Lamine Camara’s cross. Both sides scrapped for a winner, but none was forthcoming, and the match ended honors even, with Les Grenats no doubt the happier with the point.   

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