Marseille frustrated in Toulouse

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Marseille remain with just a single win to their names this season as they were held goalless at Toulouse on Saturday in a game which both teams ended with ten men.


Flawless in the Champions League, Didier Deschamps' men were looking to pick up a welcome three points to take them into their midweek European encounter with Arsenal. However, their ambitions of a first away victory in eight trips were badly damaged when Charles Kaboré picked up two yellow cards in the space of five minutes to leave OM to play the last 33 minutes with ten men. In a game of few chances, there was late drama, but only in the shape of a red card for the hosts' Etienne Capoue, also for a second bookable offence.

Marseille have a good record at Toulouse - they had not lost on their last five visits - and they very nearly settled their nerves quickly. Benoît Cheyrou beat Aymen Abdennour to the ball and fired a shot goalwards that ricocheted off the bar and to safety with Ali Ahamada a spectator in the hosts' goal.

Though they had started the season well, Toulouse were aiming to bounce back from their crushing 3-0 defeat to Sochaux last time out, and mustered a riposte through the in-form Capoue. His fine through ball released Franck Tabanou, but the highly-rated midfielder failed to even test Steve Mandanda as he dragged his shot across goal.

Marseille ended the first half the stronger, and would have gone ahead through André Ayew only for Ahamada to beat away the Ghanaian's shot, but the visitors had their wings clipped when Kaboré was dismissed. The Burkina Faso international had been shown a yellow card just five minutes previously when he went through Daniel Braaten and was - unsurprisingly - given the opportunity for an early bath.

Despite being a man down, however, OM proved the more enterprising, and Lucho Gonzalez wasted a good opportunity created by a pentrating burst from Jordan Ayew, who had come off the bench to replace an off-colour Loïc Rémy on the hour mark.

The late emergence of André-Pierre Gignac from the Marseille bench to face his former team did little to boost the visitors' attacking potency, and the younger Ayew was involved in the last major incident of the game, but only in as far as he was the man fouled by Capoue to earn the Toulouse man a second booking.

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