Olympique de Marseille breathes better thanks to their victory against Lille (2-1) after two defeats of rank, Saturday, and climbs to the 3rd place pending the other results the 12th day of Ligue 1.
This is not the altitude yet, OM enjoys a very compact ranking and the misfortunes of Gabriel, the Lille defender, guilty on his two goals, that of Morgan Sanson (48) and the second, he scored against his side (80).
But that's already the attitude. André Villas-Boas, their coach, saw a bit of "character" that he had asked his players.
Their match was not fantastic, but they wanted enough to overturn Lille, who put too late, with the reduction of the score by Adama Soumaoro (83).
Just before the third of the championship, and the boiling reception of Lyon Rudi Garcia, November 10, OM is in the nails.
The Losc on the other hand returns empty-handed, four defeats and two draws outside in L1, bad sign before going to play on Tuesday his last European card in Valencia, which at the same time won at Espanyol Barcelona (2- 1).
- Sanson kept promise -
André Villas-Boas wanted to see character? He saw that of Morgan Sanson, author of his first goal of the season.
The midfielder kept his promise, he admitted the day before at a press conference that his statistics were not good.
Sanson had a mistake in Lille to open the scoring, but OM did not sulk a little success in these difficult times, six days after the painful 4-0 concealed in Paris.
On a free kick by Dimitri Payet, Gabriel hit Mike Maignan, the goalkeeper lost control of the ball, and Boubacar Kamara took the opportunity to slip to Sanson.
André Villas-Boas had maintained in the eleven, despite several mischievous performances, including Monaco Wednesday, where OM was eliminated from his entry into the League Cup (2-1).
On the other hand Kevin Strootman was on the bench, replaced in his sentinel role by Boubacar Kamara. Not very comfortable in his position as central defender since the beginning of the season, the "Minot" was a decisive pass in this job where Rudi Garcia saw a future, and some beautiful defensive gestures, his heart of job.
The Portuguese technician, in search of solutions, moved other figures of his chessboard.
- Return of Alvaro -
"AVB" mostly found his defense tower, Alvaro Gonzalez, back from six weeks of injury. His authority and his commitment have been good for Marseilles.
Yet the OM has struggled in the first period, not "shameful" as that of Monaco, in the words of Villas-Boas, but dubious.
The press in Lille has embarrassed the Marseillais, not technically safe enough to bring out the ball, and sometimes in danger on interlocking raises, like that of Alvaro (24).
Villas-Boas nervous on his bench, was bouncing a lot to catch his players on the instructions.
In Lille, Christophe Galtier has started on the bench his top scorer, Victor Osimhen, relayed by a former home Loïc Remy. The Nigerian took his place for the last 25 minutes, but had only one opportunity (90 + 1).
The match was then unbridled, he had unstuck after the goal of Sanson.
The Brazilian Gabriel put it back to his defending body by deceiving his own goalkeeper on a double opportunity Marseille, a shot from Valentin Rongier, excellent Saturday, then a header from Payet.
The Dogues spiced the end of the match by reducing the score of an unstoppable head Soumaoro in the skylight, a corner. A scuffle in the cage of Steve Mandanda followed this goal, when Osimhen, warned for that (83), wanted to tear the ball from the hands of the keeper.
But the Velodrome stadium loved to see its players rush to defend their captain. Envy, character ...
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