PARIS (AP) — Marseille wasted a two-goal lead through Mario Balotelli in the first 16 minutes and was held by Angers to 2-2 at home in the French league on Saturday.
With eight games left, Marseille’s latest disappointing result left it eight points behind third-placed Lyon, and with little hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Lyon beat Rennes 1-0 on Friday.
Thomas Mangani canceled Marseille’s goals with a pair of penalties in the 36th and 76th minutes.
Balotelli, who has seven goals in his first nine games with Marseille, put the host in front after beating the offside trap in the fourth minute. He controlled the ball with his chest and coolly sent it past goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle.
The Italian forward made it