Unbeaten Marseille go top of French league after draw


Unbeaten Marseille have gone top of the French league even while failing to make the most of an extra man in drawing 1-1 at Nantes.

Marseille are one point ahead of Monaco, who enjoy a better goal difference and need only a draw at home to Lens on Saturday to reclaim first place.

Marseille forward Ismaila Sarr pounced from close range in the fourth minute after following up a shot from fellow forward Vitinha.

Sarr was then fouled by 17-year-old defender Bastien Meupiyou, who was shown a straight red card in the ninth minute.

Even with 10-men, Nantes equalised close to the interval through striker Mostafa Mohamed who was set up by Nigeria winger Moses Simon.

Veteran striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed an injury-time chance for Marseille, who finished third last season.

Nantes just avoided relegation and have only two points from four games.