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Round 11 review: Classique ends in draw, Nice stun OL

Publish on 25/10/2021 at 13:30 - L. DAVEY

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Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain cancel each other out, Nice stage the unlikeliest of comebacks and Saint-Etienne stay bottom despite a spirited display. With 29 goals scored and six red cards dished out, Round 11 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats was not short on drama. Check out the best of the action here!

Stalemate at the Velodrome

Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain drew 0-0 at a packed Orange Velodrome, with the visitors reduced to ten-men after the second-half dismissal of Achraf Hakimi.

Both side's had goals ruled out for offside in the opening period, despite the visitors enjoying the lion's share of possession.

Morocco international Hakimi was given his marching orders for bringing down OM forward Cengiz Under on the edge of the penalty area (57') but despite the numerical advantage, Marseille were unable to break down a solid PSG backline as le classique ended goalless for the first time since October 2016.

"There were some positive things to take from the game," said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino who is now unbeaten in his three games against OM since taking over at the capital club. "The team was solid, we showed character and we were well organised, both with and without the ball. It's a shame to have played with ten-men for nearly 40 minutes. But even under these conditions, we controlled the game.

Reflecting on the result, OM coach Jorge Sampaoli said: "We had opportunities, but what we missed was the finishing touch. Overall, I think the draw is a fair result."

Ten-man Lyon crumble at Nice

Lyon threw away a two-goal lead in the final ten minutes to lose 3-2 against Nice at the Allianz Riviera.

Goals from Karl Toko Ekambi (35') and Houssem Aouar (68') put Peter Bosz’s side in the driving seat but the game turned on its head ten minutes from time when Youcef Atal pulled a goal back for Nice. Then, OL striker Tino Kadewere was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge (85'). A galvanised Nice drew level through a Andy Delort penalty (89') before substitute Evann Guessand snatched a dramatic winner in the dying seconds.

"For 80 minutes, we were unable to impose ourselves the way we wanted," said a jubilant Nice coach Christophe Galtier. "This victory will strengthen our squad. Lyon are a very good team but the character we showed to come back in the final ten minutes will make me reflect on my selections going forward."

LOSC lose more ground 

LOSC captain Jose Fonte admitted that the reigning champions are going through a 'difficult period' after a 1-1 draw at home to Brest that leaves them in tenth place on the table.

Jonathan David opened the scoring for Les Dogues with his seventh strike of the season (19') only to be pegged back by Romain Faivre’s deflected free-kick for Brest (32').

"It's difficult right now but we're not going to give up, we're going to continue to work," said last season’s title-winning captain, Fonte. "In life, there are difficult times, but we must continue to react, work and not stop. It's difficult to accept but we will continue to work, fight, and be more positive."

Lens thrash sorry Metz

Franck Haise's Lens bounced back from last weekend's defeat at Montpellier as they beat Metz 4-1 at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis to remain in second place on the table.

Two goals from Lens Forward Wesley Saïd (14' and 37') cancelled out Nicolas de Préville's stunning strike for Metz (33'). Ignatius Ganago (83') and Przemysław Frankowski (90') rounded off the scoring late on for Les Sang et Or.

Comfortable win for Monaco

Monaco followed up their Europa League win at PSV Eindhoven on Thursday with three points against Montpellier at the Stade Louis II.

Kevin Volland (12'), Wissam Ben Yedder (17') and Gelson Martins (61') ensured Niko Kovac's side raced into an unassailable three-goal lead before Teji Savanier scored a consolation goal for the visitors from the penalty spot (81').

Battling Sainté salvage point

Mickaël Nadé's injury-time equaliser ensured Saint-Etienne claimed a much-needed point in an eventful 2-2 draw with Angers at a tense Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Ismael Traoré's back-post header put high-flying Angers ahead (28') before Angelo Fulgini extended the visitors' advantage (56').

Wahbi Khazri's superbly taken free-kick (61') reduced the arrears for Les Verts before Nadé eventually headed the hosts level in the dying seconds. Saint-Etienne remain bottom of the pile whilst Angers occupy sixth place.

Nantes sneak past Clermont 

Nantes continued their impressive form with a 2-1 win against Clermont at La Beaujoire, despite both teams being reduced to ten-men.

Clermont's Johan Gastien (30') and Nantes' Sebastien Corchia (39') were both shown red cards during a frantic nine-minute period in the first half.

Andrei Girotto opened the scoring for Les Canaris (38') but were pegged back by Mohamed Bayo's sixth goal of the season for Clermont (49'). Ludovic Blas scored the winner for Nantes on the hour as Antoine Kombouaré's men moved up to seventh on the table.

Late winner lifts Rennes

Rennes made it three wins on the bounce with a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Strasbourg to move into fifth on the table.

Defender Naif Aguerd headed the only goal of the game (82') to spoil Strasbourg coach Julién Stephan's return to Roazhon Park. 

Troyes claim bragging rights

Troyes registered their third win of the season, beating their Champagne neighbours Reims at the Stade Auguste Delaune.

Reims captain Yunis Abdelhamid headed his side in front (6') before Mama Baldé continued his good recent form, notching home a header of his own to get Troyes on level terms (41'). Xavier Chavalerin settled matters with a 65th minute winner to ensure Troyes leapfrogged Reims into 15th on the table.

Lorient and Bordeaux share spoils

Lorient and Bordeaux played out a 1-1 draw at the Stade du Moustoir.

Alberth Elis put Bordeaux in front just after half time but Julién Laporte headed an equaliser for Lorient (76') to preserve their long unbeaten home record stretching back to February. Jean Onana was sent off late on for Bordeaux after a reckless challenge on Laporte.

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