Marseille overcome 10-man Toulouse to go second in Ligue 1

(Reuters) - Olympique de Marseille needed two late goals to beat 10-man relegation strugglers Toulouse at the Stade Municipal and return to second place in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Toulouse defender Steven Moreira was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge at the end of the first half after his initial booking was upgraded following a video assistant referee (VAR) review.

But Marseille struggled to make their numerical advantage count until Dario Benedetto and Nemanja Radonjic found the net inside the final 15 minutes.

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The result moves Andre Villas-Boas’ side back into second on 25 points, eight behind league leaders Paris St Germain, while Toulouse remain 19th on 12 points.

Earlier on Sunday, Monaco’s Islam Slimani went from hero to villain when he scored the opener before conceding a penalty and getting sent off as Bordeaux came from behind to win 2-1 and move into third at the Stade Matmut-Atlantique.

Slimani fired in the opener for the visitors after 15 minutes but Bordeaux drew level through Pablo, who rose the highest to head in from a corner and level the score before halftime.

The hosts completed their comeback thanks to a moment of madness from Slimani, who raised his arm while in the wall to block a free kick, resulting in a Bordeaux penalty and his second yellow card of the afternoon.

Nicolas de Preville stepped up to fire in the spot kick and send Paulo Sousa’s side to third in the table on 22 points.

Claude Puel maintained his unbeaten record as Saint-Etienne manager as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Montpellier at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

The two sides occupy fifth (22 points) and sixth (20) place respectively.


(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; editing by Clare Fallon and Christian Radnedge)

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