The air of nothing, if it is always so spectacular and deploys an attractive game, OM also retains the same faults, and is treading water in the French championship . Worse, the Marseille club suffered its first defeat (2-3) of the season on Sunday, against Racing Club de Lens, in the pilgrimage of the 8th day of Ligue 1, four days after a draw (0-0) at Angers. Stunning maturity in the game, the Sang et Or are runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this weekend. And it is far from being stolen as the start of the Lensois was coherent, with an enormous pressure on the defenders and a difficult organization to to play for the Marseillais.
The plan of Franck Haise’s players made it possible to contain the positional play of the Olympians, caused many zoning and mobility among OM players, leaving little space between them. lines, let alone intervals. The quick opening of Florian Sotoca’s score from the penalty spot (9th) allowed them to gain more confidence in their offensive possibilities. Frankowski’s fantastic goal (27th) finally freed them. In the same way, OM relied on a brilliant inspiration from its captain Dimitri Payet to change the face of a very lively and undecided until the end.
Jostled and quickly led by two goals by a conquering and player Racing Club de Lens in a Vélodrome still damaged by the death of a supporter in the middle of the week, there. ? OM could count on Dimitri Payet, author of a double (33rd, 45th 3), to sound the revolt. Back in Jorge Sampaoli’s starting lineup, the international scored a superb goal on a master free kick (33rd) before equalizing by converting a frozen penalty. Nervous granted to Bamba Dieng (45th 3), just before half-time.
Driven by a molten Vélodrome, the Marseillais regained the upper hand in terms of control and possession, at least until the equalizer. The meeting was somewhat balanced afterwards, after returning from the locker room. Reorganized several times according to the changes made by its coach, OM has produced two of the hottest situations in quick succession. In addition to the overpowering strike of the Turkish Cengiz Ã? Nder that he saw crashing into his bar, Jean-Louis Leca had to use the ground in front of Bamba Dieng to repel the pricked head of the Senegalese striker, replaced in the wake.
And it is from the bench that the former resident of the Diambars Institute (Senegal) helplessly witnessed the unstoppable crossed head of Wesley Saïd ( 71st), who had just missed a face-to-face alone against Pau Lopez (68th). This is also the strength of these Lensois, never to doubt. Without panicking, the Racing Club de Lens made an effort to intelligently conserve the ball when retrieving the ball. Special mention to Seko Fofana (93% successful passes, 11 recovered balls), absolutely everywhere on the field, and an example of dedication on the field.