Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain failed to decide at the end of Matchday 11 of Ligue 1. Each team had a goal canceled by VAR. PSG played ten for half an hour following the exclusion of Achraf Hakimi. And here is a tenth year without a victory for Olympique de Marseille at home against its great national rival.
Marseille fans also stood out. Not always in the best way. Paper balls were thrown in the direction of Parisian corner shooters, in particular Neymar. A spectator also climbed onto the lawn to approach Messi. He was overpowered by the police.
PSG are still leading the championship with seven points ahead of Lens, while OM are in fourth place, ten lengths behind the Parisian leader.
PSG, which recorded its first draw of the season in Ligue 1, remains the leader, ten lengths ahead of Marseille (4th), and seven ahead of Lens (2nd), but the construction site of Mauricio Pochettino has hardly advanced, especially for the architecture of the MNM trio.
Lionel Messi off, Kylian Mbappé sluggish and Neymar surprisingly absent, the record of Parisian stars is not terrible.
The VAR rejects two goals
We have seen more video refereeing than the Parisian trio. The VAR cooled the proceedings by canceling two goals, one for each team, for questions of millimeters each time.
An arm of Neymar, centralizer for the “against his team” from Luan Perès, badly inspired (14th), a knee of Pol Lirola, decisive passer for Arkadiusz Milik, which made the Vélodrome explode with joy for a few tens of seconds (21st).
The VAR still played a decisive role when Benoît Bastien changed his mind and excluded Achraf Hakimi, guilty of pushing to the entrance to the area (57th) Cengiz Under which sped to the goal.
Mauricio Pochettino did not touch his MNM and took out Angel Di Maria to bring in Thilo Kehrer at the right-back position in place of the Moroccan.
OM frankly put their foot on the game this time, but their chances were not sharp enough, like this uncrossed head of Valentin Rongier on a good center of Dimitri Payet (65e).
A volley from Cengiz Under was also blocked for a corner (75th), but the best action of the match was spoiled by Konrad of the Fountain, a recovery completely topée when he arrived alone at the far post (77th).
This match remains a good 0-0, played throughout in an electric atmosphere, with a tifo “shit LFP“against the Professional Football League, allusion to the sanctions addressed this season to the Olympian club (travel bans or suspended withdrawal point after the Nice-OM incidents).
The Stade Vélodrome roared with every move Marseille a little interesting, and all the same celebrated its players at the end for this second 0-0 of the week, after that brought back from Rome against Lazio in the Europa League.
Even poor in scoring chances, the match was hotly contested.
OM were more dangerous, but lacked realism, as they often do. On the last action before half-time, Valentin Rongier procrastinated before hitting and was countered (45th + 2).
And Paris lost Marco Verratti, touched and replaced by Idrissa Gana Gueye (45e + 4).
The PSG scared the Vélodrome on an acceleration of Mbappé, beautifully taken up by William Saliba at the cost of a slippery and risky tackle (84th).
OM’s defense held up well, conceding very few spaces to the formidable Mbappé. She was still scared by letting Lionel Messi, 1.69 m, take a ball with his head in the middle of four too static Marseillais (26th), a ball slammed without difficulty by pau lopes.
The brilliant Argentinian did not shine. Several times placed in his preferential position, by refocusing from the right, he hit too soft (35th), or to the side, on a combination resting on Mbappé, the one which had brought down ManCity (43rd).
For his first clasico, Messi did not score any points in the race for the Ballon d’Or, whose votes ended on Sunday.