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Auxerre rallies for draw against Marseille

Auxerre came from two goals down at 2 draw with Marseille at the Stade Abbe-Deschamps on Sunday.

Goals from Loic Remy and Andre Ayew had Marseille up 2-0 at the break, but Alain Traore pulled a goal back for Auxerre in the opening minute of the second half before Roy Contout's equalizer nine minutes from time.

Marseille has now drawn its first two games of the season, while Auxerre has rebounded from a 3-1 defeat against Montpellier on the opening weekend to earn its first point.

It didn't take long for Marseille to jump in front as Mathieu Valbuena's free kick was headed on goal by Remy. His initial effort was saved by goalkeeper Olivier Sorin, but Remy pounced on the rebound and fired it home.

Another set piece shortly before halftime put Marseille up 2-0 when Valbuena's cross found Ayew at the back post and he held off his marker to nod the ball past Sorin.

But Auxerre answered quickly in the second half with Dennis Oliech setting up Traore's goal before a corner kick in the 81st minute pulled Auxerre level.

Dariusz Dudka swung the ball into the area for Contout, who smashed his shot past goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to snatch a point for his team.

Montpellier 1, Lille 0

Lille, France - Montpellier won its second successive match to start the Ligue 1 season on Sunday, knocking off defending champions Lille, 1-0.

Montpellier recorded a 3-1 win over Auxerre to start the season and the club picked up three more points on Sunday with a goal from Olivier Giroud in the 69th minute.

Jamel Saihi set up the goal with a through ball and Giroud finished off his second goal in as many games by finding the bottom corner of the net.

Lille has now earned only one point from two games after a 1-1 draw at Nancy in its opening match of the season.

Evian 1, Nice 0

Annecy, France - Promoted side Evian picked up its first Ligue 1 win of the season on Sunday as Saber Khelifa's second-half goal handed the team a 1-0 win over Nice.

Evian opened the season with a 2-2 draw at Brest, while Nice fell 3-1 to Lyon on the season's first weekend.

Neither side created a ton of chances on Sunday, but the difference was a nice piece of skill from Khelifa, who beat goalkeeper David Ospina with a low shot from a tight angle that found the far corner.

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