Marseille managed to capitulate in the most embarrassing manner possible, in the re-arranged, high-pressure top of the table ‘Olympico’. A draw would have been enough to take Marseille top of the Ligue 1 table, but a Gomis hat-trick and Malbranque strike were more than enough to ensure that didn’t happen.
OM had it all to do from the start, as Gomis was tripped by Mandanda as he bore down on goal inside the 3rd minute of the game. Referee, Clement Turpin, brandished a yellow card for Mandadna and pointed to the spot for Gomis, who sent the OM ‘keeper the wrong way. Lyon doubled their lead in the 34th minute partly, helped by Diawara who completely misjudged what appeared to be a simple headed clearance, allowing Gomis to control the ball, and then round Mandanda for his 2nd of the game.
Any hopes of Marseille coming back in this game were extinguished just after half-time as Malbranque’s exquisite volley flew past Mandanda. Just over 20 minutes later Gomis grabbed his hat-trick goal, as the OM defenders were again drawn to the ball leaving Gomis time in the box to receive and control the ball before firing to Mandanda’s far post. Game over.
A slight, very slight, positive for OM was Remy’s first goal this season when he netted with 1`5 minutes left. Good play from Jordan Ayew down the right, saw a cross only half cleared, and Remy did well to accurately find the top corner. But any hopes of a late resurgence were immediately dashed as Fanni was sent off for an over the top challenge on Dabo.
A bad day at the office indeed as many of Marseille’s performers insisted on showing how they can perform at their very worst, with poor discipline, effort and communication a telling factor. Picking a man of the match from this game would be most difficult.