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Montpellier hold Marseille, Bordeaux beat Guingamp

Monday, December 7, 2015 9:58:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Marseille stumbled at home once again on Sunday to draw 2-2 with Montpellier at the Stade Velodrome in France's Ligue 1. Montpellier were in front twice thanks to a brace by Chad striker Casimir Ninga either side of a goal against his old club by Remy Cabella.

But Marseille ensured a share of the spoils when Bouna Sarr arrived to convert a Georges-Kevin Nkoudou ball held up from the byline to the left of the box. It was a frustrating result for both sides, with Marseille still stuck in mid-table after seeing their run without a home league win extended to six games.

Ninga impressed with two goals in a 4-2 win at Lyon last week and he put the visitors ahead just after the half-hour mark after being brilliantly set up by Ryad Boudebouz. Cabella, the former Montpellier player now on loan at OM from Newcastle United, levelled early in the second half from close range but Ninga pounced on a Karim Rekik error to restore the away side's advantage before Sarr made it 2-2.

Elsewhere, Saint-Etienne's patchy form continued as they needed Valentin Eysseric's 78th-minute penalty to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Rennes, who had taken a first-half lead through Pedro Henrique. Bordeaux climbed up five places to 12th as Cedric Yambere's 62nd-minute goal gave them a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Guingamp.

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