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 By PA Sport

Marseille denied by Gazelec Ajaccio, Bastia draw with Nantes

Remy Cabella, right, celebrates after giving Marseille the lead in their draw with Ajaccio.

Gazelec Ajaccio earned a vital point in their bid for survival in Ligue 1 with a late goal in a 1-1 draw at home to Marseille.

Remy Cabella appeared to have secured victory for the visitors with a fine goal in the 79th minute, but five minutes later Mohamed Larbi scored the equaliser which took Ajaccio, who remain 18th, to within two points of climbing out of the bottom three.

Marseille's Cabella, on loan from Newcastle, demonstrated impressive composure and footwork when, having received possession in the area, he deceived goalkeeper Clement Maury and his defence to create space to finish from close range with his left foot.

Larbi's goal was scrappier. Reaching a free-kick crossed into the area, he poked a scuffed right-footed effort beyond goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who struggled with the bounce of the ball.

Elsewhere, Nantes were held to a 0-0 draw at Bastia.

The result does little for either team's pursuit of qualification for the Europa League, leaving Nantes in eighth place and three points behind the top four, and Bastia in 10th with 39 points, two fewer than their visitors.

Bastia's Sefo Fofana tested Remy Riou in the 18th minute, forcing the goalkeeper to dive to his top right to save.

In a largely even affair, Nantes were the slightly more positive but came little closer than Yacine Bammou seeing his shot saved by Jean-Louis Leca on the stroke of half-time.

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