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Marseille defeat Toulon in rugby-football match

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Cantona refereed the rugby-football match (©GettyImages)
Cantona refereed the rugby-football match (©GettyImages).

Amidst all the transfer speculation of late, with fans worried by potential arrivals and departures, a more light-hearted story was to be found in the realms of French football...and rugby.

A local charity had the idea of a match to decide the better sport out of football and rugby union to raise money for a worthy cause.

And spectators were not disappointed after the two giants in their respective leagues, Olympique Marseille and rugby side Toulon, decided to take the challenge.

The first half of the match was played like a normal football match and was won 5-4 by the footballing side (who recovered from a 3-2 deficit early on), whilst a 31-31 draw in the second, rugby-style period meant an aggregate 36-35 victory for football.

New signing Dmitri Payet was culpable of some terrible conversion misses in the second half, although fellow striker Andre-Pierre Gignac and midfielder Alaixys Romao made up for his poor shooting boots with some important try-scoring.

L'OM goalkeeper Steve Mandanda played in midfield for the first half, scoring two goals, and Eric Cantona was, somewhat bizarrely, chosen as the referee for the 'half and half' clash. 

In terms of pure strangeness, this has got to go down as the match of the year.

 

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