The defeat of Lens against Lille on Friday (0-3) therefore did not benefit OM. While the Marseillais had the opportunity to take an almost decisive step in the race for 5th place synonymous with the Europa League in case of success, they fell to Geoffroy-Guichard against a more incisive Saint-Etienne team (1- 0). Marseille therefore retains the same number of points as Lens (56), and only two more than Rennes, which faces PSG this Sunday evening (9 p.m.).
After his cutesy performance against Strasbourg last week (1-1), Marseille displayed a very disappointing face in the first period. Jorge Sampaoli’s team has never opened any breaches in the Saint-Etienne block, and on the contrary was surprised by the opposing bite in the pressing. OM suffered a total of twelve shots before half-time (against three attempts), and were saved by several saves from Mandanda (19th, 20th, 39th). But the Olympian goalkeeper could not do anything to open the scoring, following a big mistake by Leonardo Balerdi. The Argentine defender missed his clearance on a diving center from Khazri, allowing Arnaud Nordin to open the scoring (43rd).
The Marseillais were more active after the break. After an attempt countered by Thauvin (53rd), Dimitri Payet found the outside of the left post with a free kick (56th). After the combined entries of Rongier and Sakai (62nd), Luis Henrique came up against Étienne Green (65th), who made a good exit on Milik then (66th). The young goalkeeper of the Greens was again decisive on a free kick from Payet (77th), while Milik missed the frame shortly after (82nd). In an open end of the match, Mandanda won in front of Hamouma (83rd), and Green responded to him against Benedetto (84th).
Associated with Charles Abi in attack, Wahbi Khazri enjoyed great freedom and hurt OM a lot by slipping between the lines. The Tunisian has been in most of the Greens’ kills. After a dangerous center cut by no one (9th), he tested Mandanda with a strike from the right from the entrance to the area, forcing the Marseille goalkeeper to deflect for a corner (19th). He called for it again in the next minute after achieving a superb control to the left of the area. Still at the origin of the strike of Bouanga (39th) after a full axis breakthrough, he deposited the decisive center towards Nordin, for the opening of the scoring (43rd). He opened his foot too much on a 2-0 ball (60th).
After announcing his departure from the Tigers (Mexico) at the end of the season on Friday, Florian Thauvin was inevitably expected. The French world champion wants to end his Marseille adventure on a good note, and has shown heart, without specifying however. His two centers in the first period were not dangerous enough, even if Étienne Green missed his exit on one of them (22nd). His coiled free kick missed the frame for a few centimeters (27th), and Trauco countered his dangerous shot from the back (53rd). Balerdi could not beat his center (75th), before his exit (83rd).
He was warned for a foul play on Bouanga (63rd), and this yellow card will deprive him of the last day of Ligue 1 against Metz. His last appearance with the Marseille jersey will therefore take place next week at the Vélodrome against Angers.