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Guendouzi scores both goals in 1-1 draw as Marseille move top of Ligue 1

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Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi scored both goals as the southerners came out on top in Ligue 1 on Saturday in a 1-1 draw at home to Rennes.

Guendouzi passed goalkeeper Pau López to give Rennes the lead in the 26th minute, but the former Arsenal player redeemed himself with a header that cleared former Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda seven minutes into the break.

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Mandanda received his first match warmly at the Velodrome, where the former Marseille skipper spent 15 years before leaving for Brittany in the summer.

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“He was very good, very calm, although emotionally he was very hard,” said Rennes coach Bruno Genesio from Mandanda, who holds the record for most games played for Marseille with 613.

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Heading into the international break, Marseille maintained their unbeaten streak of six wins and two draws to top Ligue 1, but could be overtaken by runners-up Paris Saint-Germain, another point behind, to go to Lyon later on Sunday.

Fourth-placed Lens missed out on a chance to reach the top spot with a goalless draw in Nantes.

Nice lost 1-0 at home to Angers in a match in which defender Jean-Clair Todibo received a red card five seconds later and both teams finished with 10 players.

Todibo was sent off after just nine seconds, including the four seconds it took referee Bastien Deschepie to pull the card from his pocket.

Sofiane Boufal started the game for Angers and passed to Adrien Unou. He found striker Abdallah Sima rushing forward. Sima pushed the ball past Todibo, who put out his foot and knocked down the attacker. The game was five seconds old.

Sima would have been clean on the edge of the penalty area.

Deschepie, who had run up halfway, did not slow down as he fished a red card from his back pocket.

After the video review, the decision that Todibo was the last defender stood.

Despite Boufal being sent off later, Angers won 1-0 with Nabil Bentaleb scoring shortly before half-time.

“I don’t think it was a red card,” Nice manager Lucien Favre said, saying Dante and Jordan Lotomba were covering. “It was not a scoring chance.

“We would have won this game if we had played with eleven players.”

– “Killed the game” –

There was also a red card controversy in Reims which Monaco lost 3-0 and defender Bradley Loko was sent off in the 22nd minute for leaving Bril Embolo’s boot.

“The referee killed the game,” lamented Reims coach Oscar Garcia, “and this is not the first time.”

Club president Jean-Pierre Caillaux has also been suspended until 31 December for criticizing the refereeing in last month’s draw against Lyon.

In a tough game in Brittany, Ajaccio took their first 1-0 victory of the season in Brest in a match that saw two players stretched out.

Seconds into the match, Ajaccio goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy kneeled a teammate while trying to catch the ball.

“There was a loss of consciousness, he was shot in the neck,” said Corsican coach Olivier Pantaloni.

The aerial duel also knocked Noah Fadiga down half an hour later, leaving the defender stunned in a face-to-face clash with Ismael Diallo.

The 22-year-old from Brest also left the pitch on a stretcher, thumbs up to try to calm the fans.

Ajaccio achieved their first success of the season thanks to a goal from Romain Hamuma in the 65th minute, which left the Corsicans just one point behind Brest and Strasbourg.

Elsewhere, Troyes beat Clermont 3–1 to move up to 10th after two consecutive losses.

Clermont captain Johan Gastien scored just three minutes later, but the visitors responded with a brace from Mama Balde, culminating in a late goal by Renaud Ripart.



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