Draw keeps fifth in Marseille's hands
Olympique de Marseille's long run without a win away in Bordeaux continues but a Bafétimbi Gomis equaliser allowed them to escape the Matmut Atlantique with a 1-1 draw that keeps fifth place in their hands.
Girondins de Bordeaux 1 - 1 Olympique de Marseille
Bordeaux fans might have feared for their team's prospects as they came into this meeting with a fearsome Marseille attack without the centre-back pairing of Nicolas Pallois and Igor Lewczuk, both suspended. And yet they got off to a dream start, taking the lead inside two minutes. The visiting defence stopped when they saw the assistant referee's flag come up for a foul, but referee Clément Turpin had played the advantage and Malcom squared for Diego Rolán, recalled to the starting line-up, to tap in his ninth of the season.
Marseille did nearly equalise almost immediately though, Youssouf Sabaly heading a Dimitri Payet free-kick against his own post, with Florian Thauvin just unable to get to the rebound. OM, who had Tomas Hubocan making his first start since December at right-back in place of the banned Hiroki Sakai, also saw Payet smash a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards just after the half-hour mark, while skipper Gomis forced a save out of Cédric Carrasso as he met a Patrice Evra cross with an acrobatic overhead kick.
Bordeaux are formidable opponents, though, their only losses in 2017 in Ligue 1 coming against the top three, and Francois Kamano twice came close to increasing their lead, first forcing a great reaction save out of Yohann Pelé after being set up by Valentín Vada and then slicing wide following good work by Youssouf Sabaly.
Rudi Garcia's side had dominated possession after falling behind and they eventually got their equalising goal on the hour mark. Florian Thauvin had been kept fairly quiet until he took on Diego Contento on the right and crossed low for Gomis to sweep in at the near post.
Gomis and William Vainqueur snatched at chances to win it for OM but really they were grateful to Pelé for escaping with a draw - the goalkeeper made a fine save from point-blank range after Rolán met an Adam Ounas cross at the back post (71') and Pelé saved the best for last, tipping over an Ounas strike in the third minute of added time.
The draw ensures that Marseille remain fifth, a point clear of Bordeaux in sixth heading into the final weekend when OM host SC Bastia and Jocelyn Gourvennec's men go to FC Lorient. Whoever finished will be certain of playing UEFA Europa League football next term, while sixth will only suffice should Paris Saint-Germain defeat Angers SCO in the Coupe de France final on May 27.
THE PLAYER: Bafétimbi Gomis
Gomis admits that his future is still up in the air with his loan move from Swansea City soon due to expire. But he would love to stay on in Marseille after a fine season - here the skipper continued his best ever campaign in front of goal in Ligue 1 with his 19th goal. That strike ensured that OM still have fifth place in their hands with a game to go.
THE STAT: 32
The draw allowed Bordeaux to extend their unbeaten run at home to Marseille to 32 matches since their last defeat in October 1977. That's 40 years, and counting, since OM last claimed a victory in this fixture.