Marseille held 3-3 at Bastia

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm •  Published: August 9, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa got a close-up glimpse of the defensive work awaiting him at Marseille, which blew a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Bastia in the French league on Saturday.

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored twice to give Marseille a 3-1 lead but Bastia midfielder Christopher Maboulou also netted twice to salvage a point for the hosts.

Bielsa replaced French coach Jose Anigo in May to help revive Marseille's fortunes. Marseille was the runner-up in 2013 but finished sixth last season, missing out on a European spot.

"Bastia's attack created more problems than we expected," Bielsa told Canal Plus television.

Maboulou put the hosts ahead with a half-volley that looped over Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in the ninth minute.

But Gignac leveled with a downward header in the 12th before Marseille took the lead with a long-range strike from Florian Thauvin that Bastia centerback Romaric diverted into his own net in the 17th.

Gignac made it 3-1 with a spot kick in the 62nd following a handball from Bastia defender Sebastien Squillaci.

Maboulou was still playing in the second division with Chateauroux last season but he stole the show for his first match in the league. He earned a penalty, converted by Bastia substitute Gadji Tallo in the 66th, and then grabbed a point for the hosts by slipping the ball through Mandanda's legs in the 73rd.

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