February 9, 2018 / 10:19 PM / 4 months ago

Marseille’s grip on second spot in danger after St Etienne draw

PARIS (Reuters) - Olympique de Marseille could lose their hold on second place in Ligue 1 after being held to a 2-2 draw at St Etienne on Friday.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Saint-Etienne vs Olympique de Marseille - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - February 9, 2018 Marseille's Morgan Sanson scores their second goal REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

The visitors seemed set to grab all three points after Florian Thauvin and Morgan Sanson gave them the edge at the break despite Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s equaliser.

But mid-table St Etienne’s Slovenia striker Robert Beric levelled again for 2-2 15 minutes from time.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Saint-Etienne vs Olympique de Marseille - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - February 9, 2018 St Etienne’s Kevin Monnet-Paquet celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

Marseille have 52 points from 25 games, 10 points behind leader Paris St Germain who have a game in hand.

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Third-placed Monaco are two points behind OM and will leapfrog them with a win at Angers on Saturday.

Thauvin volleyed home after four minutes as the visitors got off to a flying start at Geoffroy Guichard.

But St Etienne levelled five minutes later when Monnet-Paquet beat goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from close range.

OM, however, were in front again in the 20th minute, Sanson latching onto a cross from Hikori Sakai.

St Etienne stayed focused though and were rewarded in the 75th when Beric chested home from Jonathan Bamba’s cross.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris

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