Dec 13, 2015 at 4pm UK at ​Stade Velodrome
Marseille
1-1
GFC AjaccioGazelec Ajaccio
Batshuayi (38')
Cabella (33'), Romao (91')
Barrada (51')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Zoua (19')
Ducourtioux (32'), Mangane (41'), Youga (64'), Coeff (90')

Result: Ten-man Marseille held by Gazelec Ajaccio

Abdelaziz Barrada sees red as Marseille are held to a 1-1 draw by Gazelec Ajaccio.

Marseille settled for a 1-1 draw as Abdelaziz Barrada's red card helped Gazelec Ajaccio earn a point at the Stade Velodrome this afternoon.

The hosts threatened to make the perfect start to the game when Georges-Kevin Nkoudou was gifted the time to take a touch in the box, but he could only drag his shot past the post.

It was Gazelec who were gifted the opportunity to take the lead when Benjamin Mendy foolishly brought down Issiar Dia to hand the visitors a penalty.

Marseille's French midfielder Lassana Diarra (C) vies with Ajaccio's Tunisian midfielder Mohamed Larbi (L) during the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and Gazelec-Ajaccio on December 13, 2015 at the Velodrome stadium in Marseil© Getty Images

Jacques Zoua stepped up to find the bottom corner from 12 yards as the away side capitalised on a costly mistake from Mendy.

Michy Batshuayi had missed the chance to respond when he fired straight at Clement Maury, but the striker was on target before the break to equalise with a fine header from Remy Cabella's inviting cross.

Marseille's hopes of taking control early in the second half were dealt a blow when, despite long protests from home players, Abdelaziz Barrada was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on John Tshibumbu.

Abdou Mangane wasted Gazelec's best chance of securing a win when his low effort was easily stopped by Steve Mandanda as the visitors struggled to take advantage of having the extra man.

Poor marking allowed Batshuayi the opportunity to secure the win late on when he collected a cross from Lucas Ocampos, but Maury made the crucial save to ensure that his side walked away with a point.

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