Marseille Concedes A Draw in the Velodrome
4th in the standings, Olympique de Marseille missed the opportunity to put pressure on Lille and Paris Saint-Germain, who face each other on Sunday, by sharing the points with Reims (1-1) this Saturday in Ligue 1. Clearly domineering, OM will have lacked a sharp edge. Rongier and OM came up against Cassama and Rémois values. While he could take advantage of Sunday’s clash between the first two, Lille and Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique de Marseille performed a bad operation by conceding the draw against Reims (1-1) this Saturday at the occasion of the 16th day of Ligue 1. Still 4th in the standings, OM nevertheless clearly dominated this last home game of 2020. Nagatomo, the CSC gag … Eager to redeem themselves after their defeat on Wednesday in Rennes (1-2), Andre Villas-Boas’s men initially showed an offensive face. Well in place, the Remois did not panic and OM relied on a free kick to bring danger, but Rajkovic made an exceptional reflex stop to push back the head of Benedetto!
Despite their clear domination, the Olympians were scared on several blocks and, following a loss of the ball from Payet, Zeneli rushed towards the goal to cause a goal against his improbable side of Nagatomo (0-1, 21st). Under the impetus of the Thauvin-Sakai duo, the Phocéens pushed quickly to react but they trembled again on a cross deviated by Sakai which grazed the post of Mandanda… Thauvin sets the record straight OM finally got a chance before the break, but Rajkovic came out again against Benedetto, then Thauvin’s deflection went by nothing. The Habs were smiling a few moments later, taking advantage of a discount from the Argentinian to snatch a deserved equalizer just before half-time (1-1, 45th).
On their way, the premises besieged the opposing goal after returning from the locker room. OM pushes … then goes out Just coming into play, Khaoui stumbled twice on Rajkovic, then author of a decisive exit in front of Thauvin. Cornered in their camp, David Guion’s men suffered without being able to be dangerous. But the Marseillais, less and less technically fair because of fatigue, no longer got themselves a real opportunity either. On the other hand, Doucoure even had a match point, but he shot Mandanda. If Reims, 16th, confirms its regain of form, OM could on the other hand blame themselves…
The score of the match: 5/10 We will have seen a match in two stages. The Remois put a lot of impact in the first period and cast doubt on the Marseillais who have dominated for a long time without succeeding in finding the fault. One way, the second act was a little less exciting, especially since OM also ended up sinning physically, which resulted in a more messy game and ultimately few clear opportunities to eat. The goals: – On a loss of the ball from Payet in the middle of the field, Zeneli leads the counter into the opponent’s area where he overflows Sakai and crosses. The ball abuts on the foot behind Nagatomo, on his supports, who scores an improbable CSC (0-1, 21st).
– Served by Rongier at the far post, Benedetto handing over to the opposite post where Thauvin, completely lonely, emerges and resumes right at close range in a closed angle (1-1, 45 ‘). Player Ratings Maxifoot awarded a commented grade (out of 10) to each player.
Man of the match: Predrag Rajkovic (8/10) If Reims took a point at the Vélodrome, he can thank his goalkeeper, flawless from start to finish. Decisive twice against Benedetto in the first period, including a superb reflex stop, then author of a double parade in front of Khaoui and an exit just in front of Thauvin, the Serbian, powerless on the Marseille goal, will have saved the furniture to several times.
MARSEILLE: Steve Mandanda (5.5): surprised on the improbable CSC of Nagatomo, the OM goalkeeper had a fairly quiet evening and Reims took a very long time before attempting a real first strike. Decisive against Doucouré at the end of the game even if the Remois makes his job easier by shooting him. Hiroki Sakai (4.5): another remarkable burst of energy from the right side who combined a lot with Thauvin and made a few forays. Defensively, the Japanese, on the other hand, had problems since Zeneli eliminated him on the opening goal and he came close to CSC a few minutes later.
Alvaro González (5.5): vigilant, like his intervention in front of Dia in the second half, the central defender did the job despite some dangerous ball losses that could have put his team in difficulty. Duje Caleta-Car (6): back from suspension, the central defender made a clean copy by imposing his template to release the rare balls that the Rémois managed to put in the area. Yuto Nagatomo (3.5): unlucky opening the scoring on a CS
Marseille Misses the Mark ... - Debrief and NOTES of the Players (OM 1-1 Reims) - /10