In full confidence, OM chained a seventh victory in a row this Saturday evening in their den against Lorient who folded at the start of the second period (3-1). the mano a mano between Marseille and Lens keeps all its promises.
Marseille 3-1 Lorient
Goals: Kolasinac (38e), Sanchez (53e) and Veretout (59e) for OM // Moffi (29e) for FCL
Earlier in the afternoon, RC Lens had overcome Auxerre and had thus forced OM to do the same with Lorient to keep up the pace at the top of the championship. In a supercharged Velodrome, and despite an opener against the course of the visitors’ game, Tudor’s men brilliantly fulfilled their task, with the best of manners (3-1). Marseille is therefore at seven consecutive victories, and finally seems to show its best possible version over time.
Moffi cools, Kolašinac warms
After the fictitious kick off given by Jul, OM, in total confidence in recent weeks, start the game with a bang. The precepts of Igor Tudor are respected, the Phocaeans quickly rush forward, and Cengiz Ünder is on the verge of punishing Lorient very quickly by placing a superb header, finally saved on his line by Vito Mannone (5e). The only Marseille player in difficulty is called Ruslan Malinovskyi, for his first tenure, at the origin of a harmless corner in favor of Lorient. And the punishment falls: left free in the area, Terem Moffi draws a superb volley from the right and allows his people to make a small robbery (0-1, 29e). This opener has the gift of giving the Olympians some pep: ten minutes later, Sead Kolašinac puts OM back on track by rising higher than everyone on a cross from Ünder (1-1, 38e). The Vélodrome exults, Marseille pushes to pass before the break, but Mannone holds the barracks behind, in particular on a magnificent curled shot from Veretout (45e).
OM sink Les Hakes in six minutes
Decidedly very prominent since his failure against Tottenham, Kolašinac is still decisive after the intermission: from his left side, he serves Alexis Sánchez, who turns around very quickly and triggers an unstoppable mine for the Lorient goalkeeper (2-1, 53e). The Hakes have their heads under water, and Marseille has no intention of letting them come back to the surface. Always as valuable offensively, Chancel Mbemba sends a cross ending in the feet of Jordan Veretout, who in turn triggers a shot from the left and joins the party (3-1, 59e). Régis Le Bris’ team is completely taken by the throat, no longer holds any long sequence of possession, considerably hampered by OM’s all-terrain pressing. Opposite, Igor Tudor allows himself to intelligently rotate his workforce, and Bamba Dieng is also very close to adding to the bill on his first ball (78e). Not much will happen behind, except for a few Lorient arrows quickly defused by Marseille’s defensive block, definitely the strong and underestimated link in this team. OM breathe and therefore return to two lengths behind Lens. The duel promises to be epic until the end.
Marseilles (3-4-2-1): López – Mbemba, Gigot, Balerdi – Ünder, Rongier, Veretout (Gueye, 76e), Kolašinac (Kaboré, 66e) – Malinovskyi (Payet, 66e), Guendouzi-Sánchez (Dieng, 76e). Coach : Igor Tudor.
Lorient (4-2-3-1): Mannone – Kalulu, Matsima, Talbi, Le Goff – Abergel (Aouchiche, 70e), The Fairy (Kone, 84e) – Ouattara, Ponceau (Innocent, 63e), Cathline-Moffi. Coach : Régis Le Bris.
By Alexandre Lejeune