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Guingamp 2-0 Marseille – 28/08/15 – Match Report

Guingamp 2-0 Marseille

(Privat, Benezet)

Mandanda – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy – Diarra (Sparagna 82) – Lemina, Barrada (Ocampos 64) – Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Cabella (Sarr 76)

Subs N/U: Doria, Romao, Pele, Zambo-Anguissa

from OM.net

A week after securing their first Ligue 1 win of the season in convincing style, OM helped another Ligue 1 team to do the same, as they stuttered to an underwhelming 0-2 defeat at the hands of Guingamp.

Despite dominating long periods of possession (31%61) and having 14 shots on goal, OM couldn’t find the breakthrough in the final 1/3 of the pitch and the hosts efforts and endeavours allowed them to run out winners in the end.

After receiving the plaudits for an impressive performance against Troyes, Diarra gave OM the worst possible start as he gave away a penalty inside 60 seconds after a clumsy foul. Mandanda saved, but the penalty was poor. Diarra’s initial indiscretion was continued throughout the game as OM eventually picked up 6 bookings before full time, showing a surprising lack of discipline.

After 10 minutes OM gained some good possession, keeping control of the ball and building up to around 79% possession by the 15 minute mark, but this didn’t trouble Lossl too much still. Most of OM’s chances came through Batshuayi’s endeavours, as he ran, dribbled and took players on after struggling to receive anything near the quality he was provided with last week against Troyes. Diarra struggled to gain a foothold in midfield along with Barrada, whilst Cabella’ and Alessandrini’s contributions were sporadic at best and both lacked the final ball.

Mendy had a difficult night against Coco, however much of this could be put down to picking up a booking after only 15 minutes and having to hold back for the rest of the game. It felt as though he had to hold back from pushing forwards and so there was limited offensive work from him and Jacobsen managed well against the occasional attack down the OM left.

Having struggled in front of goal so far this season as we approached the final 20 minutes of the game, most could be forgiven for perhaps expecting a drab 0-0 draw, although us OM fans should know better than that. Guingamp’s first goal came after a foul on Cabella. EAG immediately broke up field. Briand rode his luck a little as he took the ball past 2 OM players and played in Privat for an easy finish, however, it must also be noted that in the initial ball up-field, Privat was clearly offside and as a result, the goal probably shouldn’t have counted. However, it did and this gave OM a slight push to look to attack.

Marseille managed to net, but this was correctly judged offside (unlike the Guingamp goal). As OM’s desperation deepened, Guingamp delivered the killer blow, a second goal, this time by Benezet. It must be said that it was a neat finish.

Are there any positives to take from the game? Hmm, not really. Some good saves from Mandanda, Batshuayi can create his own chances and erm, well I’m struggling to be honest. OM lacked discipline throughout and service was poor in the final 1/3 of the pitch as, there also seemed to be very little in the form of a ‘Plan B’, perhaps this is because there is no alternative to ‘Plan Batshuayi’, at least last season Gignac and Batshuayi offered something different to each other, they complemented each other in that they were contrasting and if it didn’t work with one, it could work with the other.

If nothing else, hopefully this game has served that as a reminder to Michel, and far more importantly to Labrune. This squad and backroom team has been decimated since the end of last season, a new manager and one win is not going to turn that around overnight. Get buying!!

Allexz l’OM!

Guingamp 0-1 Marseille: 23/08/14 Match Report

Sat 23rd August – 16:00

Guingamp 0v1 Marseille

(Gignac)

Stade Municipal du Roudourou, Giongamp – Att. 16, 901

 from OM.net

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.

 

Mandanda

Romao  Nkoulou  Morel

Imbula

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

Marseille 0-2 Montpellier: 17/08/14 Match Report

Sun 17th August – 16:00

Marseille 0v2 Montpellier

(Mounier, Sanson)

Stade Velodrome, Marseille – Att. 50, 774

 Bielsa MHSC

The expected carnival atmosphere for Bielsa’s arrival and the reopening of the Velodrome was quickly ended as a poor performance gifted Montpellier a 0-2 win over Marseille. 2 goals from poor defending, were the main talking points, when the most action the Montpellier defenders had was when they were replacing chunks of the Velodrome turf.

 

Mandanda

Romao  Nkoulou  Morel

Imbula

Dja Djedje  Ayew  Mendy

Thauvin  Gignac  Alessandrini

Subs: Samba, Abergel, Sparagna, Batshuayi (63 >Dja Djedje), Payet (52 > Ayew), Porsan-Clemente (75 >Thauvin)

 

Despite the impressive grandeur of the refurbished Velodrome and expected raucus and optimistic atmosphere, OM never really got going, the occasion seemingly getting to a number of the players particularly those with defensive responsibilities.

Montpellier were lively from the off, pressing quickly and high up the field, leaving the OM defence exposed. The warning signs were there from the off, as a Dje Djedje mistake allowed Montpellier in, only for Mandanda to spare the defenders blushes with a good save. Minutes later there was nothing that Mandanda could do to stop a great finish from Mounier.

After dispossessing OM in midfield, Mounier was played through with acres of space down the OM right side, and he dinked a beautiful lob of Mandanda into the far post leaving the big man with no chance stuck in no-mans-land. This immediately led to some unrest among the Velodrome faithful, who were already concerned at the lack of composure and assertiveness the OM team were playing with.

As the half progresses, OM still struggled to create any clear chances. The closest opportunity came amongst a huge scramble in the Montpellier area as 3 shots were blocked in quick succession by a combination of desperate defending and solid goalkeeping from Jourdren. In the aftermath, Ayew was receiving treatment for a head injury, meanwhile the Montpellier defenders acted as ground-keepers replacing huge chunks of turf that had came up during the melee.

To be honest the state of the playing surface was almost as embarrassing as the OM performance. It will be interesting to see what Bielsa makes of the situation, and how quickly the pitch can be repaired and the problem rectified. The pitch will see far less sunlight than it has in previous years with the full roof being complete, while the turf looked very thin as it tore up. Anyway, I am in no way horticulturally educated, but it didn’t look good!

Many would like to have been a fly on the wall at half time to see Bielsa’s reaction to a tepid 1st half display, but whatever improvements he hoped for, really failed to materialise. OM still had difficulties breaking down the Montpellier midfield and defence, who defended in a 4-5-1 formation and then attacked well on the counter. Thauvin, Alessandrini and Ayew struggled to provide Gignac with any real service and as a result APG was very isolated. The same defensive issues that had dogged OM in the first half, were evident still too.

Montpellier’s second goal came from a break down the left and while Morel dropped to the centre, Sanson was free at the back post to pass the ball into an empty net. Imbula and the 2 wing-backs Mendy and Dja Djedje were left too far up the pitch and simply couldn’t track back in time to support the back 3.

Very little changed between that 68th minute goal and the end of the match, save for appearances from Batshuayi and Porsan-Clemente who struggled to get a foothold on the game the way they had in friendlies as the game ended 0-2.

What will be clear to Bielsa, if it wasn’t already, is that he needs some defensive investment. Although the collective of Romao, Sparagna, Nkoulou, Morel (and Mendes) have all done ok through the friendlies, the have struggled back in ligue action. There is also a lack of clear leadership amongst the whole squad, which isn’t a huge problem if the whole team knows their roles and responsibilities but a number of the players looked embarrassingly clueless in this game. I’d expect some hard training sessions this week ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Guingamp.

Bielsa’s reaction (from ligue1.com):

“The result was not the one we wanted but the game leaves much for us to work on. At first we were just as good as our opponents and then in the later stages of the first half I think we were better than them and we had chances. I believe the formation had no influence. The centre-back worked well but there were difficulties out wide. Perhaps when Romao moved to the right-hand side it looked like there was a problem but he was there because there was a lot of space to cover. Ayew is no stranger to playing as a second striker. I am aware, though, that any changes must be accompanied by results in order to progress. I’m not satisfied. Losing to a team who could finish in the bottom half of the table is not a great result. After winning one point from a possible six the media claim the players are uncomfortable with the new methods, but there is nothing new. Only two or three players played poorly tonight.”

Ligue 1 Results:

Caen 0-1 Lille

psg 2-0 Bastia

Lens 0-1 Guingamp

Lorient 0-0 Nice

Metz 1-1 Nantes

Rennes 6-2 Evian

Toulouse 2-1 Lyon

Saint-Etienne 3-1 Reims

Bordeaux 4-1 Monaco

 

SC Bastia 3-3 Marseille: 09/08/14 Match Report

Marseille’s opening Ligue 1 game of the season was rather bittersweet as they surrendered a 3-1 lead to only bring home a single point from Corsica. A Gignac brace and Romaric OG had given OM the upper hand but a late resurgence from Bastia ensured the spoils where shared between 2 of Ligue 1’s newest managers.

 

Sat 9th August – 20:00

SC Bastia 3v3 Marseille

(Maboulou 2, Tallo: Gignac 2, Romaric OG)

Stade Armand Cesari, Bastia, Corsica – Att. 15,537

 Gignac Bastia

Mandanda

Sparagna  Nkoulou  Morel

Imbula

Dja Djedje  Payet  Mendy

Thauvin  Gignac  Alessandrini

Subs: Samba, Abergel, Mendes (>46 Sparagna), Cheyrou, Ayew (>60 Alessandrini), Batshuayi (>79 Payet), Porsan-Clemente

After a calm and respectful minutes applause in remembrance of the Furiani stadium disaster (read here), the game started in a fast and frenetic manner, with a hostile reception from the Corsican fans. The hosts started well, providing OM with some tough tackles, and creating some early half chances.

In the 8th minute they made this count as OM failed to clear their lines, Maboulou speculatively shot from 30 yards. His tremendously struck half-volley managed to dip just over Mandanda’s head giving the hosts the opening goal.

Only 2 minutes later though a well delivered cross from the left by Mendy was met perfectly by Gignac as he headed past Areola. The goal had come after OM had started to compose themselves a little more, with passes finding their intended target, and players running better with the ball.

Marseille then took the lead 5 minutes later as a Thauvin strike was deflected into his own goal by Romaric. Thauvin had picked up the ball on the OM right, and after skipping infield past a Bastia defender struck a shot with his left foot. As Romaric tried to clear, his wild swing sliced the ball past Areola.

The game continued in much the same way, with some ‘firm’ challenges and free-kicks being given away. On 21 minutes though, Bastia’s Diakite took this to the next level. As the ball was about to be met by Alessandrini’s head, Diakite dove in elbow first winning the ball but clattering Alessandrini at the same time. Referee Lionel Jaffredo deemed the incident only worthy of a yellow card, but Diakite should consider himself very lucky to have remained on the pitch.

It could be said that the referee’s failure to deal with that lead to further discipline issues later. After a very high challenge on Payet by Squillaci, Bastia captain Cahuzac then raised his hands to Gignac in the aftermath. Jaffredo decided that both incidents were not worthy of punishment.

Just before halftime Alessandrini did manage to round Areola and score but he had strayed offside just before Imbula played an excellent through-ball.

Squillaci was involved in the first major incident of the 2nd half too. His raised arms blocked a Gignac cross and Jaffredo immediately awarded the spot kick. Gignac tucked away the spot kick neatly into the bottom corner that ensured Areola had no chance despite correctly diving to his left.

Before OM could enjoy their 2 goal advantage, Bastia claimed a penalty of their own. Mendy stupidly had his arms wrapped around Maboulou and pulled the Bastia striker back as he turned ready to face Mandanda. Tallo stepped up to take the spot kick and sent Mandanda the wrong way and reduce the score to 2-3.

Maboulou was again involved on 73 minutes, when he grabbed the game’s final equaliser. As he powered into the OM penalty area, he kept possession of the ball with a lucky bounce, but the OM defending from Nkoulou and Morel was very sloppy. As the Marseille players ran into each other and failed to clear the ball or tackle, Maboulou managed to find space beyond the melee and shoot past Mandanda.

As the game crept towards full time both sides continued to probe for a potential winner, though fatigue started to play a part. Players struggled to get back into positions but many final balls were inaccurate and neither ‘keeper was really troubled.

As with Marseille’s other draw (pre-season 1-1 with Bari), OM will feel disappointed that they could not claim a win. They will rightly feel aggrieved by poor referee decisions again, but can be relatively satisfied with tacking a good point from a determined squad fighting for their new manager, at a venue where Marseille have historically struggled. Bielsa will is likely to have the team working hard on the training ground ahead of next week’s Velodrome opener against Montpellier. There was a great deal of ‘sloppy’ play from OM, and a lack of leadership in defence which was hugely evident in the Bastia equaliser for 3-3.

 

Ligue 1 Results:

Reims 2-2 psg

Evian 0-3 Caen

Guingamp 0-2 Saint-Etienne

Lille 0-0 Metz

Montpellier 0-1 Bordeaux

Nantes 1-0 Lens

Nice 3-2 Toulouse

Lyon 2-0 Rennes

Monaco 1-2 Lorient

Pre-season Part III: Marseille 5-0 Willem II

Having seen off notable opposition in previous friendlies in the form of Bayer Leverkusen and Benfica, OM had faced what should be an easier opposition in the form of Dutch side Willem II. Despite spending last season in the Dutch 2nd division, they earned promotion back to the Eredivisie at the first time of asking, having finished 1st last season.

via OM.net

Sun 27th July – 18:00

Marseille 5-0 Willem II (Thauvin, Imbula, Batshuayi 2, Cheyrou)

Stade Olympique, Albertville

Samba

Dja Djedje  Romao  Morel  Mendy

Payet  Lemina  Imbula

Thauvin  Gignac  Alessandrini

Subs: Mandanda, Nkoulou, Sparagna, Amalfitano, Bangoura, Cheyrou, Porsan-Clement, A. Ayew, Batshuayi

 

Playing a more traditional 4-3-3 formation, Marcelo Bielsa welcomed Mandanda, Nkoulou and Andre Ayew back to the match day squad, although none were deemed fit enough to start from the beginning. They all played their part in an emphatic win though as OM hit 5 past their Dutch opposition, with Thauvin scoring and assisting and new signing Batshuayi netting his 2nd and 3rd goals in 3 OM games.

The game started evenly with both Samba and Ondaan being called into action early on. As the first half progressed though OM began to take control. After giving away a free-kick just outside their penalty area, Thauvin made Willem II pay, as he curled the free-kick into the near post leaving Ondaan clutching fresh air.

Taking over Payet’s recent role as master-creator, Thauvin then set up Marseille’s 2nd goal 4 minutes later. His run down the right and hold up before crossing allowed OM players to swarm the box, Thauvin’s accurate cross found Imbula who chested down before shooting past 3 Willem II players.

OM could have made it 3 before half-time with Imbula and Alessandrini both going close, before some excellent play between Mendy, Gignac and Alessandrini saw OM go agonisingly close again.

Half-time brought about the usual raft of changes with Batshuayi replacing Gignac, 2 of Marseille’s World Cup representatives, Nkoulou and Andre Ayew replacing Thauvin and Romao, and perhaps most significantly Steve Mandanda, returning from his neck injury in the final game of the season, replacing Brice Samba, who has performed tremendously well during the pre-season.

Unfortunately, as soon as the 2nd half kicked off, Willem II looked as though they were going to spoil the welcome back party! They improved their passing, movement and were getting into dangerous positions, putting in some shots that almost troubled Mandanda. Although this was worrying to watch for a little while, Willem II, didn’t really get any shots on target, but it may give Bielsa and his team some food for thought in preventing the opposition from creating chances.

After 10 minutes of domination, Willem II let the game slip beyond their grasp. As Payet picked up the ball he played in Batshuayi. Although it initially looked to be going out of play, the Belgian managed to beat the ‘keeper to the ball, take it round a defender the the keeper and shoot into the far post. This showed determination, skill and composure from the Belgian, who has looked an exciting prospect.

The game stagnated somewhat over the next 20 minutes with both teams seemingly accepting an OM win. But in the 80th minute Cheyrou added a 4th to the score-sheet. Andre Ayew picked up the ball on the OM left and whipped in a deep cross. Cheyrou volleyed into the ground and into the far post, back across goal for his first OM goal of the pre-season.

As OM suddenly picked up and looked for a 5th in the final 10 minutes Amalfitano broke into the box only to be felled and win OM a penalty. After some discussion between Ayew and Batshuayi it was the Belgian who stepped up to take the spot kick, convincingly sending the Willem II ‘keeper the wrong way to pick up his 3rd goal in 3 games (it seems as though his goal against Bayer Leverkusen was given as an own-goal).

Another convincing OM win, giving the Bielsa era a record of 3 wins from 3, 11 goals scored and 2 goals conceded. All players have managed to play the Bielsa systems, tactics and formations well, with substitutions slotting in seamlessly. It has also been excellent to see some of the youngsters getting pitch time and also playing well. In previous seasons, OM have had a strong starting 11, but looked weak beyond this. Bielsa has varied between a back 3 with only 1 recognised defender, to a back 5 with 4 recognised defenders, with neither of these systems demonstrating any major weaknesses. The beauty of Bielsa’s Marseille so far has been the work ethic and team spirit, but it’s excellent to see that the manager is already looking for potential ‘plan c’ and ‘plan d’ for games, which immediately puts him above his predecessors Baup and Anigo who rarely seemed to have any resemblance of a ‘plan b’.

 

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

270: Dja Djedje

244: Payet

227: Mendy

225: Samba, Romao, Lemina

206: Imbula

199: Alessandrini

186: Morel

185: Thauvin

135: Gignac, Batshuayi

129: Mendes

97: Amalfitano, Cheyrou

71: Sparagna

45: Sparagna, Mandanda, Nkoulou, A. Ayew

17: Porsan

7: Bangoura

 

Pre-season goals:

3: Batshuayi

2: Thauvin

1: Payet, Amalfitano, Gignac,  Imbula, Cheyrou

OG: Reinartz (Bayer04)

 

Pre-season assists:

4: Payet

1: Amalfitano, Batshuayi, Thauvin, A. Ayew

 

Allez l’OM

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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!

Marseille 2-0 Montpellier – 29/11/13 – Match report

Thauvin

Marseille made it 1000 Ligue 1 wins and 3 Ligue 1 wins in a row as they saw off Montpellier to go 4th in the ligue standings. A first half Thauvin strike, followed up with a cheeky injury time goal from Khalifa secured the 3 points.

Elie Baup made a number of changes to the side that lost 0-2 to Arsenal mid-week, with Diawara, Mendy, Cheyrou, Payet, Valbuena and Thauvin all starting the game.

The game started evenly, Montpellier not put off by the bad knee injury sustained by Bakar within the first minute. Bakar’s replacement Montano shot wide in the game’s first real chance after he managed to sneak in behind the OM defence.

Thauvin had OM’s first real chance but Jourdren saved well from close range. He also did well to deny Gignac and Velbuena in close succession shortly after too.

Marseille broke the deadlock in the 36th minute as Abdallah crossed towards Payet. The Montpellier defence failed to clear though and Payet’s pressure meant the ball dropped to Thauvin who neatly side-footed home from just outside the 6 yard box. This was Thauvin’s 8th goal in 8 games for club and country as he seems to have captured the form that made him such a hot prospect last season.

As the second half started and progressed Montpellier pushed for an equaliser but struggled to really test Mandanda. As they tried in vain to get in behind the OM defence their through-balls were played from too deep and were often over-hit.

As the game neared the end Baup brought off Valbuena and Cheyrou in place of Lemina and Imbula and both showed positive composure and class in the closing minutes, suggesting that the master class from Arsenal mid-week hadn’t affected their confidence too much. As Baup tried to wind the clock down he brought on Khalifa in place of Payet. Khalifa netted in the last minute of added time. Thauvin was again involved as he played the ball into Khalifa from the right. Khalifa received the ball on the edge of the box and as Congre put him under pressure he calmly nutmegged him, slotting past Jourdren for his first OM goal.

Up next for OM is Lille on Tuesday evening as Thauvin returns to the club he never played for. More at stake though is that Lille currently occupy 3rd spot and are 3/6 points ahead (to be amended dependant on Saturday night’s game).