Marseille draw at Bordeaux as Lorient peg back Lyon
Marseille's French forward Andre-Pierre Gignac (Center L) celebrates with French head coach Jose Anigo after scoring on December 22, 2013, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille
A week after showing great spirit to hold Lyon in their first Ligue 1 match since sporting director Jose Anigo was asked to replace the sacked Elie Baup in the dugout, OM were rescued by two goals a minute apart in the second half in a game played on a poor pitch.
It was Bordeaux who seized the lead 11 minutes before the interval when Brazilian forward Jussie -- again standing in for top scorer Cheick Diabate -- headed in from Ludovic Obraniak's corner.
It was Jussie's third goal in as many games but he went off injured at half-time.
Nevertheless, the visitors went on to increase their lead on 66 minutes when Kassim Abdallah failed to cut out a cross at the back post and Nicolas Maurice-Belay pounced to score.
At that point, Bordeaux seemed set for a fifth successive win, but Marseille got a goal back in the 73rd minute, Alaixys Romao scrambling the ball over the line after Carrasso had pushed away a Florian Thauvin free-kick.
And the equaliser followed immediately after, Benjamin Mendy lifting the ball into the box for Andre-Pierre Gignac to convert despite the presence of two defenders.
The French Cup holders are fourth, a point clear of Saint-Etienne and two ahead of Marseille, who lie in sixth place.
"I have mixed feelings after this match," said Anigo.
"We conceded the first goal from a set-piece when we knew that could happen against Bordeaux, and the second goal...it's Christmas, the time for gifts, and we gave them one. And then we score twice but take just a point."
Clement Grenier and Bafetimbi Gomis gave Lyon a 2-0 lead only for Lorient to strike back with two late goals, including an injury time equaliser in a 2-2 draw in Brittany.
Vincent Aboubakar cut the deficit with Lorient's first goal with 31 minutes left before Alain Traore scored with virtually the last kick of the match to snatch a valuable point for Christian Gourcuff's men, which keeps them ninth.
"I'm really angry," said Lyon coach Remi Garde after his side threw away two crucial points.
"I cannot explain how we lost these points. I'm not sure we respected the match for 90 minutes and when you don't respect the match, you get punished.
"The second half really sticks in my throat and we took the result for granted," he added.
Lorient coach Gourcuff was delighted to snatch a point on the final round of matches before the winter break.
"We knew they were a bit fragile in defence, but we had the guts to push right to the end and perhaps got a bit lucky because we didn't create that many chances," added the coach who is the father of Lyon's playmaker Yoann Gourcuff.
"It allows us to keep our dynamic and enthusiasm and to go off on holidays on a positive note."
Later on Sunday, leaders Paris Saint-Germain play host to third-placed Lille at the Parc des Princes.
PSG, who are already certain to finish the year on top of the table, are without Edinson Cavani, who travelled to his native Uruguay on Thursday, reportedly to settle his divorce, and has not returned in time.
The capital club's nearest challengers Monaco suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat at the hands of struggling Valenciennes on Friday, with Radamel Falcao missing a penalty in his first appearance after almost a month on the sidelines.