Olympico between Peter Bosz’s OL and Jorge Sampaoli’s OM promises to be spectacular this Sunday (8:45 p.m.). But to match that of the 2009-2010 season, we will have to work hard. Very strong. A breathtaking suspense, 10 goals and a 5-5 at the end of added time, for a meeting forever in memories. “I had no more voice,” recalls Edward Jay, commenting on the game for RMC. “Usually when I get home it takes me an hour to fall asleep. That night I couldn’t get to sleep. “
Sidney Govou remembers crossing paths with Souleymane Diawara and Mamadou Niang after the meeting in the hallway leading to the locker room. “We look at each other, we laugh and we say to ourselves: ‘What is this crazy match?’ I had a hard time realizing it, remembering the former OL striker. Usually, I always manage to find an explanation, a logic. I had no explanation for this match at the time and 12 years later, I still haven’t. “
Before this shock, everything came together for a great evening between two champions of the championship. In the event of victory, OL, second, can take the lead in the championship occupied by Bordeaux. Opposite, Marseille, third, has the opportunity to pass in front of their evening opponent. Match at the top, the decor is planted, but nobody can imagine that the two best French goalkeepers of the time (Steve Mandanda and Hugo Lloris) will give in ten times.
And it starts off strong. Three goals in the first quarter of an hour. Les Gones lit the first match on a magnificent half-volley from Miralem Pjanic (3 ‘). If Souleymane Diawara equalizes the head in the 11th minute, helped by a first hand fault from Lloris, Claude Puel’s players regain the advantage three minutes later with a full skylight strike from Govou (2-1, 14 ‘). OL think of returning to the locker room with this advantage but just before half-time, Hugo Lloris finds himself on a long shot from BenoÃ®t Cheyrou (2-2, 44 ‘).
The Marseillais gain confidence and even the advantage just after the break on a brilliant inspiration from Bakari Koné (2-3, 47 ‘). Brandao hit the nail on the head with a nice deviation (2-4, 79 ‘), after another decisive pass from Fabrice Abriel, his third of the evening. Gerland is air-conditioned, the match is folded … except in the head of a man: Lisandro Lopez. The encounter then tilts into the irrational. In three minutes, “Licha” allows the Lyonnais to pick up. He masterfully stabs a ball over Mandanda to reduce the gap (3-4, 81 ‘), then transforms a penalty (4-4, 84’).
Michel Bastos gave Les Gones the advantage eight minutes later, after very good collective action (5-4, 90 ‘). They did it! The stadium explodes. This time, mass is said. Well almost. A last ball in the Lyon area, a mess, the leather rebounds on the unfortunate Toulalan then ends up in the net of Lloris (5-5, 90 2 ‘). Four goals in the last quarter of an hour. Gerland no longer responds. Shocked.
This legendary meeting in the unreal scenario did not please everyone. Edward Jay was marked “by the contrast between this crazy match and the icy atmosphere in a press conference”. The faces of the two coaches are indeed closed, marked by what has just happened, sorry not to have mastered anything. “Obviously, if you have to score six goals to win games, especially away from home, it will be complicated,” said OM coach Didier Deschamps.
The walls of the Marseille locker room have also trembled. “We took a blast, confirms Diawara in a recent interview with Eurosport. He is not a coach who talks a lot to say nothing. If he speaks, it is effective. And there, It was the first time that I saw him so nervous. Same disappointment in the camp opposite. “It’s a draw against Marseille, while the three points stretched out their arms to us “, regrets Claude Puel at the time.
Twelve years later, the former OL technician clarifies his thoughts. “I am not sorry for the fifth Marseille goal, because there is a foul on Toulalan. Normally, we have to win this match. very are magnificent “, annoys the current coach of Saint-Etienne.
For his part, the former defender of OL Cris, who now coaches Le Mans, is not recovering from the scenario. “Every time people tell me about this game, I get nervous,” he explains. “We had the chance to win and in the end we got tied. ???? was a very good game for the supporters, for everyone: 5-5, a lot of goals … But for me, defender, I have no good memories.”
In the mixed zone, after the meeting, only Michel Bastos seemed to enjoy the show in which he took part. “We showed very good football. I think both teams should take this game as an example for the future,” enthusiastic the Brazilian. OM will be crowned French champions at the end of the season, while OL will reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, notably eliminating Real Madrid for the best course in its history in C1 (equal to © in 2020). For both clubs, a season like this meeting: memorable.
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