The game: 2-1
The Marseillais ideally prepared the reception of Frankfurt in the Champions League, this Saturday evening, by overcoming Lille (2-1) at the Orange-Vélodrome. Led from the 12th minute, a first this season, Igor Tudor’s men showed character and managed to clinch a 5th straight success in Ligue 1.
Undoubtedly a little blunted by their trip to England, the Phocaeans, beaten Wednesday by Tottenham (0-2) in C1, experienced an ignition delay. Lille took the opportunity to open the scoring through Ismaily who benefited from a strike from Adam Ounas on the post to deceive Pau Lopez, abandoned by his defense on the spot (12th). The Marseillais needed a few more minutes to get into the game well, but in the wake of a very motivated Alexis Sanchez, they managed to equalize. Amine Harit shifted Cengiz Ünder who crossed without control for the Chilean. The latter was thus able to sign his first goal of the season at the Vélodrome (26th, 1-1). Just before Tudor took out Leonardo Balerdi, furious, and replaced him with Nuno Tavares to refocus Sead Kolasinac, very uncomfortable on his left side.
Not really disturbed by this change, the Marseillais gradually took control of the game and had several opportunities to worsen the score by Ünder (30th, 46th, 51st), Harit (52nd) or Sanchez (52nd) before Samuel Gigot did not score his first goal for OM following a free kick from Ünder deflected by the head of Kolasinac (61st). Finally validated after intervention by the VAR, Gigot’s goal – released a little later for muscle pain in a thigh – offers a precious success to OM who remain in contact with PSG and come back in front of Lens, who also won this weekend. -end.
The player: Knight, frustrating first
Holder in the goal of Lille in place of Leo Jardim, Lucas Chevalier (20 years old) had a frustrating first. The young goalkeeper lost twice but delivered an interesting performance, saving his team several times. In particular, he made 4 saves, including 2 in the second half on a left strike from Ünder (51st) and a curling shot from Harit (52nd) on which he was very inspired. Chevalier was rather sure in his ball grips but also in his kicking game confirming that Paulo Fonseca had been right to trust him. It would not be surprising if he had his chance again in a week against Toulouse at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium.
Marseille have collected 19 points in their first 7 matches in Ligue 1 2022-2023 (6 wins, 1 draw), the highest total in their history at this stage of the competition. (Opt)