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Marseille, Nice held to Ligue 1 draws

Alexis Sanchez has made his Ligue 1 debut for Marseille but the veteran forward was unable to make a decisive impact in a 1-1 draw at Brest.

The 33-year-old Chile international joined from Inter Milan and was a second-half substitute on Sunday, and the former Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United player was heavily involved in attack but with no reward.

Left wing back Nuno Tavares made it two goals in as many games since joining from Premier League club Arsenal when he put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute.

Brest hit back on the hour when Pierre Lees-Melou unleashed a superb half-volley from 20 meters into the right corner following a corner.

Marseille are in second place on goal difference from four other teams and two points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

In the day’s other main game, Nice drew 1-1 at home with Strasbourg.

Premier League veteran Kasper Schmeichel started in goal for Nice after his move from Leicester following 11 years with the club, while former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey was on the hosts’ bench despite scoring in the opening round.

Striker Andy Delort put Nice ahead from the penalty spot in the 35th minute but veteran Kevin Gameiro equalised for Strasbourg in the 56th.

Elsewhere, Serbian forward Komnen Andric scored twice in Clermont’s 4-2 win at Reims while Socceroos midfielder Denis Genreau was a 75th-minute substitute for promoted Toulouse in their 3-0 win at Troyes.

Angers came from 2-0 down inside 10 minutes to secure a 2-2 draw at promoted Auxerre, and Ajaccio held Lens to a 0-0 draw.

Lorient’s home game with Lyon, set for Sunday lunchtime, was postponed after the league decided the field was not safe to play on — following a heatwave and a recent Celtic festival held inside the Stade du Moustoir.

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