Marseille 1-1 Monaco: Cesc Fabgreas makes debut in Ligue 1 draw
Last Updated: 13/01/19 11:33pm
Cesc Fabregas got off to a positive start in his debut for struggling Ligue 1 side Monaco after his side gained a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Marseille at a tumultuous Stade Velodrome on Sunday.
Fabregas - who joined the Principality club from Chelsea on Friday - struck a composed figured in the midfield as Thierry Henry's side recovered from a shaky start to earn a point thanks to Youri Tielemans' leveller six minutes before the break.
Maxime Lopez's first Ligue 1 goal since scoring twice in a 5-1 win at Caen in April 2017 handed Marseille the ideal start when he scored in the 13th minute. Florian Thauvin thought his late effort had put Marseille ahead, only for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to overturn the referee's decision.
Fabregas almost laid on a winner for Tielemans in added time with a trademark clipped pass but the Belgium international hesitated on the ball and ended up shooting a presentable opportunity to snatch a rare victory well wide.
Fabregas' arrival on the Mediterranean coast on Friday was the third in January after veteran defender Naldo and France under-21 left-back Fode Ballo-Toure, who both acquitted themselves well on Sunday.
The draw was a good result for a team without a fit striker and not enough available players to even fill the substitutes' bench.
Monaco remain in the relegation zone despite the positive performance and are four points from safety after winning just twice in 10 league games since Henry's arrival in October.
However they have been slightly helped in the quest for survival by Paris Saint-Germain battering fourth-from-bottom Amiens 3-0 on Saturday and Caen in 16th losing 3-1 at home to Lille.