Marseille 1 Nantes 1
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Didier Drogba had opened the scoring for the hosts before Sylvain Armand was sent off and Viorel Moldovan earned a point four minutes before half time.
L'OM came close to taking the lead after just three minutes when Mickael Landreau somehow kept out Drogba's header from Laurent Batlles' cross.
Steve Marlet's claims for a penalty for handball by Nicolas Gillet fell on deaf ears before the home side snatched the lead on 29 minutes.
A brilliant exchange of passes between Mathieu Flamini and Marlet handed Drogba the chance to rifle a shot beyond Landreau.
Marseille's cause appeared to be boosted further on 35 minutes when Armand was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle from behind on Habib Beye.
But Nantes pinched an equaliser four minutes before the break when Moldovan won a challenge with Philippe Christanval and put the ball past Fabien Barthez.
The hosts were frustrated in the second half and struggled to create any opportunities as Barthez had to be alert to prevent Nantes claiming a winner.
Gilles Yapi's long-range shot was dealt with by the French number one who also had to thwart Moldovan as the Romanian chased a second goal.