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Marseille 2-1 Guingamp – Coupe de France Match Report

Marseille needed extra time to beat off a spirited Gungamp side to progress into the next round of the Coupe de France. It was a weekend where CDF surprises were more widespread than expected, and it was only thanks to a Pierre Andre Gignac brace, one of which was in extra time which ensured OM wouldn’t be added to the list of casualties.

The match started fairly quietly and in the first 20 mins OM found it difficult to break down Guingamp. The big positive was how sharp Gignac looked upfront though and if anyone was to break the deadlock, he seemed like a prime candidate. Unsurprisingly it was ‘Bigmac’ who made it 1-0 in the 25th minute when he finish nicely over the keeper following opportunistic OM offensive play.

The first half didn’t contain many chances though and neither team was looking particularly penetrative going forwards. It was mostly a midfield tactical battle, and Guingamp despite having fallen behind were content to keep the deficit to just one goal.

The 2nd period was the same, for the most part anyway. There was relatively little action although OM always seemed in relative control of the encounter. Remy had a chance on the hour mark when played through on goal but he couldn’t convert. Guingamp didn’t offer too much threat but appeared to be an organised team and the longer it stayed 1-0, the more dangerous it would be for OM.

The hosts could’ve made it 2-0 with 10 minutes left but Valbuena sent a curling shot but the keeper saved . Not too long afterwards, Guingamp equalled dramatically through Christophe Mandanne. A nice chipped ball was sent through the middle to him and Jeremy Morel lost his footing, failing to hold him off. Mandanne still had work to do, but he slotted past Steve Mandanda with excellent composure.

Guingamp should’ve won the match in the last minute of stoppage time but Charrier failed to convert a free header from close range. Credit to Mandanda for making an excellent save, but really the visitors should’ve buried that chance and they really let OM off the hook. The final scoreline inside 90 mins was 1-1 and it meant we were heading to extra time to determine a winner.

The first period of extra time was fairly lively, at least compared to what the match had been so far. Both sides looked like going for it, the closest anyone came was through a Gignac header which went just over the bar. Just after the restart in extra time, OM scored the wining goal thanks to a deflected Gignac volley. It was certainly a fortuitous deflection, but overall the 2-1 scoreline was a fair reflection on proceedings. Guingamp thought they should’ve had a penalty late on for a Mendes handball, but the hosts managed to hold on for victory and to scrape into the next round…….

Allez l’OM
Steve

Bastia v Marseille – Match Preview

Bastia v Marseille

Wed 12/12/12 – 20:00 (UK)

Stade Armand Cesari, Corsica

Ref – Said Ennjimi

Background –

Marseille head to Bastia looking to avoid a third defeat, and third 0-3 defeat in a row. Last Sunday’s loss at the hands of Lorient, another example of OM’s fragile state of mind and seeming inability to turn a loss into a draw or win. Bastia come into the game looking fairly solid in mid-table, and although they have only netted twice in their last four games, they are unbeaten in their last 3 which includes a win over Lorient and draws with Lille and Toulouse. It is expected that some reference will be made to the Aramand Cesari disaster from May 1992 when one of the temporary stands collapsed before the Coupe de France semi-final, killing 18 people.

 

Marseille –

After a calamitous performance against Lorient, Kabore is (thankfully) suspended for this game along with Cheyrou. The positive news for les phoceens is that Gignac is back in the travelling squad for the match, a good few weeks ahead of expected after breaking his 5th metatarsal in the loss at Troyes in late October. The travelling squad consists of: Mandanda, Bracigliano, Abdallah, Fanni, Mbow, Mendes, Morel, Ndiaye, Nkoulou, Abdullah, Amalfitano, A. Ayew, Barton, Raspentino, Valbuena, J. Ayew, Gignac and Remy.

With Kabore out, Abdullah will be the likely candidate to slot into a defensive-midfield partnership with Joey Barton. Given the effectiveness of Remy against Lorient I would also consider playing the three attacking midfielders as Amalfitano, Valbuena and Andre Ayew, giving Jordan the starting position up front. This allows for some tactical changes in the second half if the game plan is not working, such as an attacking 4-3-3 with jAyew and Gignac flanking Remy, also with Amalfitano and Valbuena either side of Barton in midfield.

Baup has stated in the press that his side need to ‘show their character’. As true as this is, they also need to show their discipline, something that has cost them dear in recent games, particulalrly defensive indiscipline, leading to too many chances and goals conceded from set-pieces and defensive lapses. It would also be positive to see Baup make some effective substitutions. Too many times recently players like Raspentino and Jobello to name but a few have been brought on with only 10 minutes or so remaining, giving them very little time to actually make a difference.

Predicted line-up and formation:

 Bastia v Marseille Fromation

Who are they? –

Despite the reputation with sides travelling to Corsica, Bastia do not have the greatest of home records, having won only 4 of their 7 games there, losing the other 3 against Saint-Etienne, psg and Valenciennes. This home record will not be helped on Wednesday as the game will be played behind closed doors as a result of incidents relating to the Corsican derby against Ajaccio back in October.

The man to watch for Bastia is Jerome Rothen. Rothen is an ex-psg central midfielder, who demonstrates a good eye for clinical passes. He will be likely to be searching for runs from Anthony Modeste and ex-marseille man Maoulida.

Bastia have shown that they can be very positive from set pieces, may attack down the wings and look for through balls, all things that Marseille have proven regularly that they struggle with.

 

Summary:

As I seem to say every game at the minute, there is a lot at stake for both teams in this game. A win for Marseille and they will stay within touching distance of ligue leaders Lyon and on the same points as 2nd placed psg. Bastia are currently 3 points above relegation places in 13th, however if results go against them they could be dragged much further down. A tough game for both teams, with an unusual atmosphere.

Predicted result: Bastia 1-2 Marseille

 

Allez l’OM (Swanny @MarseilleUK) 

 

Other Ligue 1 Games:

Valenciennes 0-4 psg

Nice 1-0 Rennes

Lille v Toulouse

Lyon v Nancy

Brest v Montpellier

Lorient v Sochaux

Ajaccio v Reims

Evian v Troyes

Bordeaux v Saint-Etienne

Out of the Coupe de la Ligue

psg 2-0 Marseille

31/10/12 – Parc des Princes, Paris

A very contentious penalty decision left OM a man and a goal down inside the first 30 minutes at the Parc des Princes. A coming together between Fanni and Hoarau on the edge of the area saw the psg man take a tumble, and despite Nkoulou in a covering position referee Antony Gaultier reached for the red and pointed to the spot.

Thiago Silva sent Mandanda the wrong way and netted for the home side from the penalty and it was always going to be difficult from then. Valbuena and Cherou had the best chances for OM in the remainder of the first half, but both were from well outside the box as OM’s 10 men struggled to get past a well organised psg defence.

5 minutes into the second half Menez played the ball into Pastore who played a wonderful lofted pass back to Menez who shot past Mandanda at the near post to make it 2-0 for the hosts. The remainder of the 2nd half saw OM create very little again, Cheyrou hitting the post with a long-distance free-kick, was the closest the visitors came.

After winning the competition 3 years in a row it’s about time Marseille let someone else win it, its just a shame that psg and a referee helped knock OM out.

Highlights and goals

MarseilleUK Fans Vote for Player of the Season

The votes have been counted up, so can we start by thanking everyone who took their time to vote for Marseille’s Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season. In the end it became quite close between 2 players in each category with Cesar Azpilicueta coming a close 2nd in the Young Player category and Mathieu Valbuena 2nd in the (Senior) Player voting. The winners were as follows: Continue reading