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Marseille unstitches Lorient

Marseille unstitches Lorient

Two months ago, Marseille was a team that seemed sunk by elimination in the Champions League. The results did not accompany and the Tudor effect was fading. However, an extraordinary reaction, together with a commendable collective spirit, have dispelled doubts in record time. This Saturday, against Lorient, the team from Marseille added their sixth consecutive victory, overcoming Moffi’s initial 0-1 loss and overwhelming their rival after a splendid second half. Kolasinac equalized, Alexis, in a magnificent maneuver, made it 2-1 and Veretout closed the account. OM, with this victory, placed five points behind PSG, although the Parisians have to visit Rennes this Sunday.

If the game already presented incentives to follow it, the first half did not disappoint. Marseille, supported by suffocating pressure in individual marking that bears the Tudor stamp, was a burden for Lorient. Les Merlus, revelation of the season in Ligue 1, could not get out of the maze that their rival had presented to them and they survived thanks to the saves of veteran Vito Mannone. The former Arsenal player repelled a great header from Ünder after a great cross from Kolasinac.

Lé Bris, the visiting coach, decided to correct his defensive approach and in the 25th minute, Lorient began to breathe new life thanks to the quality of Enzo Le Fée. The midfielder, of unquestionable quality, moved Marseille from side to side and managed to connect with Moffi on several occasions. Precisely the Nigerian materialized the 0-1 in a set piece play thrown by Ouattara.

Far from sinking Marseille did well with the goal. The lethargic pace that had made Lorient’s goal possible turned into a team hungry to undermine their rival. Ünder, one of the best of the first half, found Kolasinac, who beat an indecisive Mannone for the first time all night. Before the break, Gigot incomprehensibly missed a corner kick taken by the Turk to an empty goal that could have been perfectly 2-1.

Marseille had already given Lorient six lives. I wasn’t going to give him seven. As soon as the second half begins, a brilliant Alexis Sánchez, with a reverse that ended with his left leg, made it 2-1 for the team from Marseille. The Vélodrome was falling down with screams. The combative Lorient, the one that gave small glimpses of the team that marveled at the beginning of the season, had vanished with a stroke of the pen in the south of France.

As if that were not enough, misfortunes accumulated for Lorient in a very short time. The 2-1 was followed by the third, Veretout, who is not known if he looked for a cross or a shot, but the ball, after previously touching Matsima, ended up in the net. The Marseilles had been unleashed and not even the heavy rain that fell in France could prevent their victory. Those of Tudor, full of joy, placed five points behind PSG at the expense of what the Parisians do this Sunday in Rennes.

Lyon, in crisis; Laurent Blanc, in question

Lyon accentuated its crisis, unable to beat Strasbourg (1-2) at its stadium, which was reunited with victory, escaped from the relegation zone and questioned the continuity of the local coach, Laurent Blanc. Mathieu Le Scornet’s team turned Lyon Olympic Park upside down when, after half an hour, they already had a two-goal lead.

In the 29th minute, the Senegalese Jean-Eudes Aholou opened the scoring and three minutes later, Habib Diallo from Ivory Coast made things difficult for Blanc’s team. In added time in the first half, a handball from Ibrahima Sissoko inside the area led to a penalty in favor of Lyon. Alexander Lacazette did not fail, closed the gap and encouraged the situation for the second half. It didn’t help. Blanc’s team crashed before the order of Strasbourg who resisted and achieved their goal.


Bonke Innocent (62′, J. Ponceau), I. Kabore (65′, S. Kolašinac), Mr. Payet (65′, R. Malinovskyi), A.Aouchiche (69′, L.Abergel), P.Gueye (75′, J.Veretout), b.dieng (76′, A. Sánchez), I. Kone (83′, E. Le Fée)


0-1, 28′: Terem Moffi1-1, 37′: kolasinac2-1, 52′: alexis3-1, 58′: veretout


Referee: Bastien Dechepy
VAR referee: Dominique Julien, Christian Guillard
Cengiz Under (49′,Yellow)

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