Faris Moumbagna Sent Off as Marseille Held to 2-2 Draw by Nice

Marseille's Champions League hopes take a hit as they draw 2-2 with Nice, with Moumbagna's red card proving costly. Marseille now trail Nice by 7 points in the race for European football.

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Faris Moumbagna Sent Off as Marseille Held to 2-2 Draw by Nice

Faris Moumbagna Sent Off as Marseille Held to 2-2 Draw by Nice

Olympique de Marseille's hopes of securing a UEFA Champions League spot suffered a setback as they were held to a 2-2 draw by OGC Nice at the Stade Vélodrome on Wednesday night. The match was marred by the sending off of Marseille forward Faris Moumbagna just before halftime.

Nice took an early lead in the 13th minute through Terem Moffi, but Marseille equalized in the 31st minute thanks to a goal from Jonathan Clauss. However, the turning point came when Moumbagna, who was starting alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, received a direct red card for a reckless challenge just before the interval.

Despite being down to 10 men, Marseille took the lead in the second half through a penalty converted by Aubameyang. But Nice found a way back into the game, with Melvin Bard scoring the equalizer. Aubameyang had a chance to win it for Marseille in the final minutes, but his shot hit the crossbar.

Why this matters: The result extends Marseille's winless run to five games and leaves them in eighth place, 11 points away from the first UEFA Champions League qualifying position. With only a few games remaining, Marseille's chances of securing European football next season are diminishing.

The draw also hurts Marseille in their battle with Nice for a European spot, as they now trail Nice, who currently occupy a UEFA Europa Conference League position, by seven points. Moumbagna, who has three goals and one assist in ten Ligue 1 appearances this season, will miss Marseille's crucial next match against RC Lens on Sunday due to suspension.

Key Takeaways

  • Marseille held to 2-2 draw by Nice, denting their Champions League hopes.
  • Marseille's Moumbagna sent off before halftime, missing next match vs Lens.
  • Marseille trail Nice by 7 points in battle for European spot.
  • Marseille's winless run extends to 5 games, leaving them 11 points off top 4.
  • Aubameyang missed late chance to win it for Marseille.