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Saint-Etienne - OM (2-1) | Late defeat

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Olympique de Marseille slipped to a 2-1 against Saint-Etienne at Stade Geoffroy Guichard on Wednesday evening to miss out on closing the gap on the top three spots.


The game, rescheduled from December, started candidly, but it was OM who struck the first blow in much the same way that occurred against Monaco at the weekend.


A great pass from Maxime Lopez set through Florian Thauvin, whose keen cross was met by Kevin Strootman - the Dutch heading in his first OM goal since his summer transfer.


After that, the visitors were largely assured on the ball but Saint-Etienne were resolute in finding their way back, and that they did.

After Diony, Khazri and Cabella all went close, the hosts got their lucky break when Mandanda was adjudged to have brought down Khazri in the box. With the aid of the VAR, the penalty was awarded and struck by Khazri.

Neither side wanted to lose from that position on as the match ended in a cagey affair. Ocampos saw a great chance parried by Stephane Ruffier, while at the other end Mandanda made a last ditch stop to deny the hosts.

But it was Khazri who got the last laugh as he struck a well-timed winner to hand Saint-Etienne all three points.