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Lille 1-0 Marseille – 03/12/13 – Match Report

The game started amid a ferocious atmosphere with both teams matching each other for intensity early on. Thauvin took to his role as pantomime villain well and after a slow start began to make some good runs down the right, though the persistence of 3 Lille markers on him every time he got the ball, meant he wasn’t always as productive as in previous games. The same could be said for Valbuena and Payet who also struggled to get touches on the ball before being crowded out by the hard working Lille players.
Lille managed a few chances on goal with shots from distance from both Kalou and Balmont, the former should have managed more chances if it wasn’t for his persistent straying offside. Lille also had a number of corners in the first half that they should have managed better from.
Marseilles best chance of the first half came as Thauvin collected the ball in his own half. As he broke forwards he was eventually tackled near the edge of the Lille box. As the ball came loose to Cheyrou he played in Gignac. APG only just had time to turn and shoot before Enyeama stormed out of his goal to make the save.
In the second half Marseille took greater charge of the game. Pushing forwards on the right, left and particularly through the centre. The half chances that were created were often straight at Enyeama but the chance of the game for OM came as both Gignac and Thauvin were denied in close succession by Enyeama, who pulled off two wonderful saves to keep his clean sheet record intact.
The only notable events for OM after this was the departure of Valbuena and Payet through injury, Lille’s rough approach to these players eventually taking it toll. Valbuena, during the course of the game, had already been cracked by rugby player wannabe Balmont, before Kjaer basically threw him to the ground. The difference in stature and weight, meant that Valby was easily thrown over and landed awkwardly on his shoulder, neck and head, suffering a dislocated shoulder. Kjaer again escaped a booking despite the lack of any reason to be so aggressive. The referee also showed that he must have left his bollocks in the changing room along with his cards as he spoke to Girard for the 3rd time, without sending him from the touch line.
Thauvin was replaced at the end, and continued his role as pantomime villain as he applauded the Lille fans. Unfortunately, minutes later, in injury time the Lille fans were cheering again, as Roux netted a last gasp winner. A cross from behind Morel (yup), saw Roux sneak in behind Abdallah and net easily past Mandanda. Questions really have to be asked of the defence as to why Diwara and Nkoulou were so far out of position.
As the full time whistle blew though, far more pressing questions also need answering and addressing. Who will fill the gap left by Ayew, Payet and now Valbuena? Why is Cheyrou starting ahead of Imbula? Why is Morel in the squad? How long before Mendes can rightfully take his place in defence ahead of a rapidly declining and aging Diawara?
Marseille have the opportunity to get over this disappointment fairly quickly as they host Nantes on Friday night. The injuries won’t help against a team that are playing well and have surprised most this season.

Allez l’OM!

Lille v Marseille – Match Preview – 03/12/13

Marseille head north tonight as they face Lille in what is set to become a grudge match. Lille fans have long been preparing for the return of Florian Thauvin, but after yesterday’s incident at the airport, OM fans are rightly annoyed with the Lille fans now. Both teams are in good form and along with a white hot atmosphere, this game should be a cracker.

After managing to see off Montpellier on Friday making it 3 wins in a row. The man in form, Thauvin managed to score his 8th goal in 8 domestic and international games before Khalifa netted his forts for the club in injury time. Admittedly OM made hard work of the game, however, it was the win that was most important.
Rod Fanni makes a return to the squad after recovering from injury, although Andre Ayew is still out. The full squad is made up of Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Diawara, Fanni, Mendes, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Lemina, Valbuena, Thauvin, Jordan Ayew, Gignac, Khalifa, Payet.
Baup may bring Fanni back into the starting line up, but the rest of the starting line up should be the same as the 11 that started against Montpellier, with the two ex-Lille boys, Thauvin and Payet hoping to continue their excellent run of form.
Likely line up and formation:
Fanni Diawara Nkoulou Mendy
Romao Imbula
Payet Valbuena Thauvin

Lille have surprised many early this season by working their way into occupying 3rd and now 2nd place ahead of Monaco. Rene Girard’s squad ave won their last 2 games but are unbeaten in 10 and haven’t conceded a goal in Ligue 1 since mid September. There is no doubt that this will be OM’s biggest test if the season so far needing to play well on the pitch and also keep the right mentality and attitude around the whole Thauvin affair.
Girard is without Mendes, Ruiz and Bereira. The Lille squad is made up of: Enyeama, Elana, Sidibé, Kjaer, Basa, Rozehnal, Souaré, Jeanvier, Mavuba, Balmont, Gueye, Martin, Delaplace, Meïté, Kalou, De Melo, Rodelin, Roux, Origi.
I’d expect that Lille will play with slightly less width than OM, but will look to get in behind the OM defence as they near the final third. Montpellier tried this last week, but lacked the composure to play good balls and were unable to latch on and finish any of the chances.
Probably line up and formation:
Sidibe Basa Kjaer, Souaré
Balmont Mavuba Gueye
Roux Kalou

The outcome of this game could help or hinder both teams Champions League credentials, with a draw perhaps being the best way of keeping the pressure on both psg and Monaco. Neither side will hope for a draw and hopefully we will see some real Ligue 1 passion with both teams battling it out for a win.

Allez l’OM

Marseille 1-0 Lille 0 Match Report

An early 2nd half goal from Jordan Ayew was enough to give Marseille a well=earned and hard-fought victory over Lille at the Stade Velodrome.

Joey Barton shone in his Ligue 1 debut and was integral to the matches major turning point, Balmont’s sending off. His 40 yard through ball led to a neat Valbuena control, who then cut in-front of Balmont and enetered the box as he was caught by the Lille man. The referee deemed the foul, a red card offence as Valbuena could well have taken a shot after his neat control.

Almost immediately after half-time, Marseille managed to grab what turned out to be the winning goal. Neat interplay between Valbuena and Morel on the left of the Lille box saw the little man lift a cross into the centre which jAyew rose to meet and headed back across Landreau’s goal.

The score-line in this game could have been vastly different had it not been for Landreau and also Mandanda. Both men were in fine form and Valbuena, Cheyrou and jAyew were denied a number of times for OM, just as Roux, most frequently denied for the visitors.

This was another excellent performance by Marseille, with Manadanda, Valbuena and Barton particular standouts for OM. They will need to repeat this sort of performance if they are to win the top of table ‘Olympico’ on Wednesday.

Goals and highlights