Sat 23rd August – 16:00
Guingamp 0v1 Marseille
Stade Municipal du Roudourou, Giongamp – Att. 16, 901
Marseille finally picked up their first win at the third time of asking, but made hard work of it against a poor Guingamp team. Bielsa’s side had the lions-share of possession and chances, however it was a sole goal from Andre-Pierre Gignac immediately after the interval the settled the result.
Romao Nkoulou Morel
Dja Djedje Payet Mendy
Thauvin Gignac Ayew
Subs: Samba, Abergel, Sparagna, Alessandrini (’88 >Gignac), Barrada (’59 >Payet), Bangoura, Batshuayi (’45 >Thauvin)
OM started the game positively, playing with some confidence that had been missing in last week’s shocking show against Montpellier. Passing and movement led to Marseille controlling the game from the outset and they began making the Samassawork in the Guingamp goal quickly. Dja Djedje and Payet first wen close, then Gignac and Thauvin worked the ‘keeper and woodwork a number of times each.
Despite this though both sides went in equal at half time where Bielsa opted to bring off the creative Thauvin for finisher Batshuayi. Within seconds of the restart, Bielsa’s change looked to have worked as Gignac broke the deadlock. Quick play down the left saw the ball played forward to Batshuayi. His first time lay-off to Payet was then crossed to the back-post where Gignac volleyed the ball into the ground, bouncing back across goal and beating Samassa.
The travelling OM fans managed to get their first glimpse of new-signing Barrada as he came on to replace Payet. Barrada immediately settled into the pace of the game showing some good vision and making some key passes. Marseille did lose some of their dominance and control over the game from this point, however, with our main creative outlets, Thauvin and Payet, both being off the pitch.
Guingamp searched for an equaliser later on, but other than Lemaitre clipping the cross-bar as he shot from distance on the only scares were injury scares. Firstly, Mandanda collided with Yatabare, the same two who met on the final day of last season, a collision which left Mandanda unable to join the French national side for the Brazil World Cup. Shortly before full-time, Gignac went down after twisting his ankle, he was stretchered off but thankfully began training mid-week after recovering.
Bielsa’s reaction (from om.net):
“We had several good opportunities and we managed to score. After going in front, we controlled the game pretty well. Defensively, the team played well and individually, the players did the job. We could have scored more goals because we had a number of good chances. The team defended very well and also constructed good attacks, but, on the other hand, we didn’t finish well.”
Other Ligue 1 Results:
Evian 0-0 psg
Bastia 1-0 Toulouse
Lille 2-0 Lorient
Montpellier 2-0 Metz
Nice 1-3 Bordeuax
Reims 0-2 Caen
Lyon 0-1 Lens
Saint-Etienne 0-0 Rennes
Nantes 0-1 Monaco