Florian Thauvin spot-kick rescues a point for Marseille
Montpellier 1 - 1 Marseille

Florian Thauvin spot-kick rescues a point for Marseille

03/12/2017

Florian Thauvin's first-half penalty rescued a point for Marseille as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Montpellier.

Former Newcastle midfielder Thauvin's spot-kick on the stroke of half-time cancelled out Giovanni Sio's opener as both sides extended their respective unbeaten runs in Ligue 1.

Marseille had been hoping to make up ground on leaders Paris St Germain following their surprise defeat at Strasbourg on Saturday, but while fellow rivals Monaco and Lyon both had weekend wins, Marcelo Bielsa's men were left hanging on for a point.

Montpellier, who have taken a point off PSG, Lyon and Monaco this season, were first to threaten through Stephane Sessegnon, whose low shot was brilliantly saved by Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in the bottom corner.

Hilton headed off target and Belgian forward Isaac Mbenza's shot was kept out by Mandanda as Montpellier chased an early goal.

The home side made a deserved breakthrough in the 29th minute. Marseille failed to clear Nordi Mukiele's free-kick and Sio fired his fourth goal of the season into the bottom corner from inside the penalty area.

Marseille had created little in the first period - Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's shot was well blocked - but on the stroke of half-time cashed in on some good fortune to equalise.

Hilton handled Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson's cross into the penalty area and Thauvin converted the subsequent spot-kick low into the corner.

Zambo Anguissa fired wide for Marseille following Dimitri Payet's assist early in the second period and Montpellier forward Souleymane Camara headed off target, but both sides still struggled to carve out clear-cut scoring chances.

Valere Germain forced a rare save from Montpellier goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte, who turned away the Marseille striker's goal-bound 71st-minute effort from outside the area.

At the other end, Mukiele blazed over the crossbar from similar distance and Paul Lasne pulled his effort off target following Mbenza's short free-kick.

Montpellier looked the more likely to snatch a winner in the closing stages. Lecomte kept out Ruben Aguilar's effort and in stoppage time Camara headed agonisingly wide and Mukiele also sent a header past the post.

Marseille are now unbeaten in 11 league games, while Montpellier made it five matches without defeat.

Related news

PSG bounce back from League Cup exit to thrash Amiens

PSG bounce back from League Cup exit to thrash Amiens

Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from their shock elimination in the League Cup by thrashing 10-man Amiens 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Guingamp stun Paris Saint-Germain with 2-1 Coupe de la Ligue win in Paris

Guingamp stun Paris Saint-Germain with 2-1 Coupe de la Ligue win in Paris

Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue after unfancied Guingamp scored two of the three penalties they were awarded to book their place in the semifinals with a 2-1 away victory on Wednesday.

Neymar, Mbappe score as PSG advance in Coupe de France

Neymar, Mbappe score as PSG advance in Coupe de France

Paris St Germain reached the last 32 of the French Cup with a 4-0 rout of fourth tier Pontivy on Sunday.

Kylian Mbappe scores as PSG return to winning ways against Nantes

Kylian Mbappe scores as PSG return to winning ways against Nantes

Paris Saint-Germain got back to winning ways in Ligue 1 on Saturday when a Kylian Mbappe goal gave them a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Nantes and condemned the visitors to their 15th straight loss against the capital club.

Nabil Fekir scores twice in Lyon's emphatic win over struggling Monaco

Nabil Fekir scores twice in Lyon's emphatic win over struggling Monaco

AS Monaco lost for the fourth time in five games as a rampant Olympique Lyonnais hammered them 3-0 on Sunday to move into third place in Ligue 1.

Lille shrug off early red card to beat Nimes 3-2

Lille shrug off early red card to beat Nimes 3-2

Lille shrugged off an early red card to consolidate second place in Ligue 1 on Sunday with a 3-2 win away to Nimes.

Late penalty gives Lille share of points against Reims

Late penalty gives Lille share of points against Reims

An injury-time goal from Nicolas Pepe salvaged a point for Lille at home to Reims on Sunday in another day of depleted French league action.

Strasbourg hold Paris Saint-Germain to second-successive draw

Strasbourg hold Paris Saint-Germain to second-successive draw

Paris Saint-Germain fought back after falling behind to secure a point in a 1-1 draw at Strasbourg on Wednesday, their second successive draw after a record-breaking 14 league wins in a row.

Radamel Falcao scores two penalties to hand Monaco win over Amiens

Radamel Falcao scores two penalties to hand Monaco win over Amiens

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao scored two penalties to secure a 2-0 win at Amiens on Tuesday as they moved out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone to ease the pressure on manager Thierry Henry.

RELATED NEWS

PSG bounce back from League Cup exit to thrash Amiens
Amiens 0 - 3 PSG

PSG bounce back from League Cup exit to thrash Amiens

Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from their shock elimination in the League Cup by thrashing 10-man Amiens 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Guingamp stun Paris Saint-Germain with 2-1 Coupe de la Ligue win in Paris
PSG 1 - 2 Guingamp

Guingamp stun Paris Saint-Germain with 2-1 Coupe de la Ligue win in Paris

Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue after unfancied Guingamp scored two of the three penalties they were awarded to book their place in the semifinals with a 2-1 away victory on Wednesday.

Neymar, Mbappe score as PSG advance in Coupe de France
Pontivy 0 - 4 PSG

Neymar, Mbappe score as PSG advance in Coupe de France

Paris St Germain reached the last 32 of the French Cup with a 4-0 rout of fourth tier Pontivy on Sunday.

Kylian Mbappe scores as PSG return to winning ways against Nantes
PSG 1 - 0 Nantes

Kylian Mbappe scores as PSG return to winning ways against Nantes

Paris Saint-Germain got back to winning ways in Ligue 1 on Saturday when a Kylian Mbappe goal gave them a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Nantes and condemned the visitors to their 15th straight loss against the capital club.

Nabil Fekir scores twice in Lyon's emphatic win over struggling Monaco
Lyon 3 - 0 Monaco

Nabil Fekir scores twice in Lyon's emphatic win over struggling Monaco

AS Monaco lost for the fourth time in five games as a rampant Olympique Lyonnais hammered them 3-0 on Sunday to move into third place in Ligue 1.

Lille shrug off early red card to beat Nimes 3-2
Lille 3-2 Nimes

Lille shrug off early red card to beat Nimes 3-2

Lille shrugged off an early red card to consolidate second place in Ligue 1 on Sunday with a 3-2 win away to Nimes.

Late penalty gives Lille share of points against Reims
Reims 1 - 1 Lille

Late penalty gives Lille share of points against Reims

An injury-time goal from Nicolas Pepe salvaged a point for Lille at home to Reims on Sunday in another day of depleted French league action.

Strasbourg hold Paris Saint-Germain to second-successive draw
Strasbourg 1 - 1 Paris Saint-Germain

Strasbourg hold Paris Saint-Germain to second-successive draw

Paris Saint-Germain fought back after falling behind to secure a point in a 1-1 draw at Strasbourg on Wednesday, their second successive draw after a record-breaking 14 league wins in a row.

Radamel Falcao scores two penalties to hand Monaco win over Amiens
Amiens 0 - 2 Monaco

Radamel Falcao scores two penalties to hand Monaco win over Amiens

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao scored two penalties to secure a 2-0 win at Amiens on Tuesday as they moved out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone to ease the pressure on manager Thierry Henry.

19/01/2019
04:00 | Australian Open 2019
06:00 | Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov - Australian Open
09:00 | Timea Bacsinszky vs Garbine Muguruza - Australian Open
09:00 | Simona Halep vs Venus Williams - Australian Open
09:00 | Alexander Zverev vs Alex Bolt - Australian Open
09:00 | Camila Giorgi vs Karolina Pliskova - Australian Open
15:00 | Roma - Torino
15:30 | Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia M'gladbach
16:00 | Liverpool - Crystal Palace
16:00 | Manchester United - Brighton
16:15 | Real Madrid - Sevilla
17:00 | PSG - Guingamp
18:30 | Huesca - Atletico Madrid
18:30 | RB Leipzig - Borussia Dortmund
18:30 | Arsenal - Chelsea
20:00 | Monaco - Strasbourg
20:30 | Inter Milan - Sassuolo
20/01/2019
01:00 | Petra Kvitova vs Amanda Anisimova - Australian Open
02:00 | Frances Tiafoe vs Grigor Dimitrov - Australian Open
02:30 | Ashleigh Barty vs Maria Sharapova - Australian Open
04:00 | Australian Open 2019
06:00 | Tomas Berdych - Rafa Nadal - Australian Open
06:00 | Danielle Collins vs Angelique Kerber - Australian Open
06:00 | Marin Cilic vs Roberto Bautista Agut - Australian Open
09:00 | Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Roger Federer - Australian Open
09:00 | Sloane Stephens v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - Australian Open
14:30 | Huddersfield Town - Manchester City
15:00 | Rennes - Montpellier
17:00 | Caen - Olympique Marseille
17:00 | Fulham - Tottenham Hotspur
20:30 | Napoli - Lazio
20:45 | Barcelona - Leganes
21:00 | Saint-Etienne - Olympique Lyon
21/01/2019
04:00 | Australian Open 2019
19:00 | Juventus - Chievo
21:00 | Genoa - Milan
22/01/2019
04:00 | Australian Open 2019
20:45 | Chelsea - Tottenham Hotspur
20:45 | Burton Albion - Manchester City
DERBY OF THE WEEK
Arsenal - Chelsea
Derby of the week
18:30
19/01/2019
Derby of the week
W 2.90    
   W 2.30
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
14:00 14-01-2019 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores