Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais produced a stalemate at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday evening in Ligue 1.
The result leaves Lyon at the summit of the French top flight with nine games left to play. Les Gones sit in first position, two points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, who lost against Girondins de Bordeaux earlier in the day, with Marseille in third, themselves two points behind PSG.
Both OM and OL will feel they could have won this tense clash, but were left ruing missed chances and refereeing decisions.
Andre-Pierre Gignac, reinstalled to the first XI, had a fine opportunity to open the scoring in the second half but fired against the woodwork.
That chance was soon followed by controversy, as Marseille’s Lucas Ocampos was convinced that his close-range effort had crossed the line with less than ten minutes remaining.
OM lost their composure and their discipline after this call went against them, and were soon down to ten men as Jeremy Morel was sent off-somewhat harshly-for this tackle.
Finally, with the wind in their sails, Lyon could have won it and all but eliminated Marseille from the title race…Les Olympiens have Steve Mandanda to thank for preserving parity and saving them a point.