Held in check, OM waste two-goal lead in Strasbourg

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Held in check, OM waste two-goal lead in Strasbourg

Three defeats in a row had seriously changed Marseille’s trajectory in the Championship. In Strasbourg, OM believed for a long time to break this bad series thanks to a victory which finally turned into a draw during the last twenty minutes of the meeting, apocalyptic for the Marseillais. Entering the break in place of a transparent Diallo, Mothiba first revived his team by taking advantage of the lack of marking to chain control of the chest and volley from the left (1-2, 76th) on a cross from Bellegarde. And then, during additional time, Gameiro, who refused to give up in the face of defeat, equalized with a magnificent volley from the left slightly deflected by Kaboré (2-2, 90th + 4).


In a delirious stadium, Racing, already the author of a similar comeback a week earlier in Toulouse (2-2), may have truly launched his season, hitherto traversed by suffering, like his first period. Indeed, OM have taken advantage of the customary hospitality of their home host since August to put themselves on a fast track to victory.

Bamba Dieng, holder for the first time this season, waited only eight minutes to score acrobatically despite the intervention of Le Marchand, after taking over Nyamsi (0-1, 8th). The bad positioning of the hinge on this long release from Pau Lopez was not the only defensive deficiency of the Strasbourg during this first period. The no man’s land between their middle and their back line offered the Phocaeans spaces in which they engulfed themselves several times with appetite, but without success.


But it was on a placed attack that they doubled the score with, at the start, a rise from Mbemba, who dropped Gameiro. The Congolese international found Ünder, whose shift for Clauss ended with a cross from the ex-Lensois for the other piston, Kaboré (0-2, 35th). A symbolic movement of Marseille mastery during this first largely dominated period. Only Veretout, who sent a ball over the Marseille crossbar trying to clear a cross from Thomasson, really instilled a thrill in the ranks of his team (38th).

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Strasbourg have yet to win a home game this season.

After the break, Marseille dropped in intensity, content to manage their advantage three days before playing their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League against Tottenham. For a long time, his wait-and-see attitude did not expose him to much in terms of offensive impotence and opposing technical waste. And then, everything changed, despite Pau Lopez’s two decisive parades in front of Gameiro (89th), which only delayed the inevitable. OM let two points melt in a molten stadium and the temperature should not fall on Tuesday.

Kevin Gameiro wrestling with Valentin Rongier on Saturday. (HERVIO JEAN MARIE/The Team)

The player: Gameiro has not given up

He marked this meeting with his generosity, his calls, his stalls, his efforts and his double chance in the 89th minute, which could have sealed the defeat of his team. But Kevin Gameiro never gave up, not even after added time, and it makes sense that Racing’s equalizer came from his left foot, pressed for a fantastic volley into the left corner of Paul Lopez!

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