Olympique de Marseille – Nimes Olympique: The Match Notes
L’OM were not there tonight at the Velodrome. Beaten 2-1 by a double from Eliasson and a voluntary Nimes team but red lantern at kick-off, the Phoceens saw the podium move away a little more.
The 20th day of Ligue 1 continued with the trip from Nimes to the Velodrome. Beaten by PSG in the Trophee des Champions in midweek, the Phoceens also remained on a sad draw in Dijon last weekend. They had to win against the red lantern, where they went to win 2-0 a little over a month ago. To resume this march forward, Andre Villas-Boas lined up a 4-3-3 with Payet and Thauvin in support of Benedetto. Lirola, the last recruit to appear against PSG, is the holder for his first in Ligue 1 in the right lane of defense. In the absence of Amavi, Sakai moved to the left and Pelé replaced an injured Mandanda. Opposite, Nîmes appeared in a fairly defensive 4-1-4-1 but with the idea of finally regaining victory.
Now Jerome Arpinon is helped by Pascal Planque and the tenure of Cubas, Ripart, Eliasson and Ferhat behind Kone were probably not for nothing. At the start of the match, the Gardois displayed an offensive temperament, Pele even had to intervene on his line after a ball messed up in his area (5th). Marseille lacked a bit of concentration, like the lost duels of Caleta-Car and Sakai. Kamara injured himself behind the thigh, even giving way to Gueye (18th). Despite these ups and downs, OM slowly raised their voice. Thauvin was marked by a first situation, a head in imbalance (11th). It then took a solid Reynet in his goal to push back these two big revivals of Sanson (16th), then of Payet (18th).
Thauvin misses his penalty
The Crocs no longer left their camp, or Kone multiplied the whistle for offside. They even shot themselves in the foot with that blatant hand of Alakush in the box. Thauvin presented himself against Reynet but struck next (35th). In the process, Deaux and Briançon forgot Benedetto alone at six meters, who on a cross from Payet, missed his recovery a bit, allowing Reynet to let his foot drag (37th). Nîmes also got an opportunity before the break with this stop by Pelé on the head of Koné (45th + 1) and returned from the locker room with the same intentions. Once again too inconstant, the Marseillais lost a few consecutive duels and this time were immediately punished.
After a first alert from Ferhat (53rd), Fomba took advantage of a poorly revived ball by Caleta-Car to shift Alakouch, who centered in force for Eliasson (0-1, 55th). Bad news which brought about a second since on the following action, Ferhat was amused by Sakai to throw Alakouch in the back of Lirola, who pricked his ball over Pelé. Eliasson appeared at the far post to double the bet (0-2, 58th). Completely stunned, AVB was cleaning up with 4 changes at once to change almost all of its creation line (Payet, Sanson, Thauvin and Sakai against Radonjic, Germain, Cuisance and Khaoui) but that was not enough. Benedetto still took advantage of an offering from Cubas to restart the end of the match (1-2, 85th) only the delay was final, Reynet leaving the parade he needed in front of Khaoui (90th + 5). By going to win at the Vélodrome, Nîmes puts an end to a terrible series of 8 matches in victory and abandons the last place, Marseille sees him especially the podium move away.
Man of the match: Eliasson (8): he may remember this match. Arriving from Bristol City in the winter transfer window last year, the Swedish-Brazilian had never scored in the red jersey. And tonight, against Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Vélodrome, he scored twice. Not successful in the first 45 minutes, his two goals will have delivered him and he will have shown more afterwards. He’s the man of the match without a doubt.
Olympic Marseille :
Pelée(4): Mandanda’s usual replacement quickly had to show his authority by intervening on his line (5th). Concentrated despite the domination of his team, he must once again put out a header on target from Eliasson (45 ‘+ 1), then capture this new blast from the Swede (47’). On the other hand, he was beaten by the former Bristol at close range (55 ‘), then did not come out fast enough in front of Alakouch on the second goal (58’).
Lirola (5): he was the curiosity of the day. Arriving earlier in the week and only coming into play against PSG, the Spaniard started in the eleven this time. A ball stuck in the feet of the defense (16th), offensive going notably allowing Benedetto to obtain the penalty (33rd) and to show his agreement with Th