Lyon draws with Marseille in French league thriller
Stephane M'Bia equalized deep into injury time Sunday to give Marseille a 5-5 draw at Lyon in the French league despite having led 4-2 with 10 minutes remaining.
Lyon was up 2-1 by the 15th minute after goals from Miralem Pjanic and Sidney Govou either side of Souleymane Diawara's strike for Marseille in the 11th.
Benoit Cheyrou, Bakari Kone and Brandao then scored for Marseille to seemingly make the match safe.
However, two goals from Lisandro Lopez, including a penalty, and one from Michel Bastos put Lyon 5-4 ahead, until M'Bia scored amid frenetic scenes at Stade Gerland with only seconds left.
"It was a spectacular match. I think a lot of fans appreciated it. But as a coach, I didn't," Marseille coach Didier Deschamps said. "We gave a lot of gifts away. We were very passive, especially on the first two goals. If we have to score six goals to win away from home then things will become very complicated."
The draw means Bordeaux stays on top with 25 points, one ahead of Lyon, despite losing 2-0 at Lille earlier Sunday. Auxerre is third with 23 points, while Marseille is eighth with 18 but has played a game less.
"It's a shame [to draw] after all the effort we put in, which we didn't get rewarded for," Lyon coach Claude Puel said. "We are a little bit frustrated, even though at 4-2 down we would have settled for 4-4."
With France goalkeeper coach Bruno Martini watching ahead of France's World Cup playoff against Ireland on Saturday, there was little to reassure him as the country's No. 1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and No. 2 Steve Mandanda both had a nightmare game.