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Ligue 1 Review: Bastia 0-0 Nantes / Gazélec Ajaccio 1-1 Marseille

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Both of Wednesday’s Ligue 1 matches ended in draws as Nantes’ trip to Bastia ended goalless, while Gazélec came from behind and scored late to deny Marseille the victory.

Bastia 0-0 Nantes

 As Bastia and Nantes are both surprisingly pushing for a place in next season’s Europa League, neither side will be happy with a point. For Les Canaris it means they remain 8th in the league table, whereas Bastia have moved up a place to 10th and will see this as a missed opportunity.

In a game of few chances, Bastia had one of the earlier opportunities to break the deadlock but Sefo Fofana saw his effort saved by Remy Riou. As expected Nantes were going to take the game to Bastia and despite it being a fairly even encounter, Les Canaris showed more attacking intent but had only Yacine Bammou’s shot to show for it.

Gazélec Ajaccio 1-1 Marseille

 Neither side got the win they needed at the Stade Ange Casanova either, but Gazélec could well look back at this match in May and see it as a huge result. The hosts will certainly be the happier of the two teams after coming from a goal down to score a late equaliser. Remy Cabella drew first blood for Les Olympiens; his neat footwork and composure created some space in the box before firing Marseille into the lead with a left-footed drive.

It looked as though Marseille were heading for the victory but Gazélec are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the table and were unlikely to give up without a fight. They equalised in the 84th-minute through Mohamed Larbi. He managed to get a foot on a free-kick delivery and the slightly miss hit shot was too much for Steve Mandanda to keep out. The point means the hosts remain 18th in the standings but they have closed the gap to just two points, while Marseille climb two places to 11th, overtaking Bordeaux and Lorient. 

About Mark Sheppard

I am an 18-year-old Journalism and Media student at De Montfort University, Leicester. I enjoy writing, especially about sport because my interests involve football, snooker, rugby, F1 and tennis.

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