20/07/12 – 19:30
Stade des Costieres, Nimes
Marseille: Bracigliano – Fanni, M’Bow, N’Diaye, Aloe – Abdullah, Cheyrou – Ammari, Amalfitano, A. Ayew – Gignac
Subs: Mango ’58, Azouni ’83, Osei ’87, Bangoura ’75, Omrani ’87, Jobello ’81, Gadi ’66, Raspentino ‘35
Goals: Gignac ’45, N’Diaye ‘73
Marseille’s third friendly of the pre-season pitted them against French, Ligue 2 opposition, in the form of Nimes. Marseille started with a slightly stronger defence, expecting to be tested by a team much closer to their first competitive game than in previous friendlies.
The first half was relatively even with both teams going close on a few occasions, however, it was OM who opened the scoring through Gignac. Recent signing Raspentino crossed from the right, to allow APG to flick a header to the far post leaving the ‘keeper with no chance.
In the 50th minute Nimes were awarded a penalty after a dubious handball decision against Fanni. Nimes’ Kone managed to slot the spot kick past Bracigliano, the OM ‘keeper unlucky having chosen the correct way to dive.
Nimes then extended their lead only 2 minutes later. After some trickery down their left flank a cross-come-shot was provoked a reaction header from Benezet to leave Bracigliano with no chance.
Marseille looked for an equaliser, and after making a number of substitutions won a free-kick on the left flank. A Cheyrou cross was met by a powerful N’Diaye header that the Nimes ‘keeper couldn’t keep out leaving the teams all square with 18 minutes left.
Both teams came close to claiming a win but ultimately couldn’t find a breakthrough.
Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)