Marseille regains victory before Europe

It was the right moment: just before returning to the Champions League, Olympique de Marseille (OM) relearned how to win in Ligue 1, Saturday, October 17, against Bordeaux (3-1), coming back within reach of the podium during from the 7e day. After a month of waiting and four games without winning, the Marseillais ended up returning to success, which had eluded them since the stormy clasico won in Paris in mid-September (1-0).

In a Stade-Vélodrome behind closed doors due to a health curfew, OM won their first victory of the season at home. In addition, André Villas-Boas’ team has taken care of its way of playing against Bordelais who are too quickly extinguished.

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Florian Thauvin, the man in form in Marseille (4 assists, 3 goals this season), opened the scoring with a clear shot in the skylight (5e), before missing a penalty caused by Jordan Amavi and stopped by goalkeeper Benoît Costil (14e). But the world champion winger made up for it by dropping a free kick on Amavi, scorer with a pretty lobed head (54e). The Marseille side defender has also signed a full evening since he is the origin of the third goal, a powerful center-shot that the Bordeaux Pablo deflected in his own cage (64e).

Sprain for Caleta-Car and Benedetto

It is therefore a very clean copy for Marseille (12 points), which goes back to provisional fifth place, three lengths behind Paris-Saint-Germain (1is, 15 pointts) and Rennes (2e, 15 pointts). Bodes well for “AVB” and his team before challenging Olympiakos on Wednesday in Greece for OM’s comeback in C1, its first participation since 2013.

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“It is sure that it is a very beautiful evening, especially since there is the victory at the end”, savored Jordan Amavi at the microphone of Canal +. “Now we’re going to go home, rest and prepare for Wednesday’s game. ”

Only shadow on the Phocian side: the injuries of Croatian defender Duje Caleta-Car and Argentine striker Dario Benedetto. “Ankle sprain for both of them, they will have an MRI”, said the Portuguese technician.

As for the Bordelais, we saw too little and the bet of Jean-Louis Gasset to launch Hatem Ben Arfa holder from his very first match with the Girondins did not pay off. The former Marseillais, recruited ten days ago to boost the Bordeaux game, believed to equalize by starting in the back of the defense but he was signaled out of play (17e). In lack of rhythm, he left on the hour mark without having been decisive, replaced by Josh Maja who saved the Bordeaux honor (83e).

“We had some good streaks anyway, like Hatem’s goal unfortunately refused”, analyzed Bordeaux goalkeeper Benoît Costil. “But we have to progress in consistency, we have work. “

The results of the seventh day of Ligue 1


Dijon 1 – 1 Rennes

Nîmes 0 – 4 Paris


Reims 1 – 3 Lorient

Marseille 3 – 1 Bordeaux


Strasbourg – Lyon (13 hours)

Angers – Metz (15 hours)

Monaco – Montpellier (15 hours)

Nantes – Brest (15 hours)

Saint-Etienne – Nice (5 p.m.)

Lille – Lens (21 hours)

The World with AFP

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