OM still sluggish in Lorient
Domination away from home is over: canceled 0-0 in Lorient, Marseille missed the opportunity to come back to match Lens, Sunday at the end of the 30th day of Ligue 1. With 61 points, OM remain 3rd, two lengths from Sang et Or and eight from PSG, and did not take advantage of Monaco’s misstep (4th, 58 pts) in Nantes (2-2) to widen the gap.
Attentive and without complex, the Lorient defense put an end to Marseille’s series of eight straight away wins, even if the Hakes (10th, 45 pts) lacked too much edge to do better. “It is a deception. The match was within our reach but we missed things in the last gestures, ”recognized Matteo Guendouzi at the microphone of Amazon Prime. “There is no pressure, there are still a lot of matches”.
Indeed, Marseille quickly put pressure on the opposing camp, but only Alexis Sanchez really knew how to create danger.
On the Lorient side, if the defense held firm, the absence in midfield of Laurent Abergel, suspended, and Enzo Le Fée, complicated the ball outings.
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Despite everything, Romain Faivre caused the first chills by taking advantage of poor control from Leonardo Balerdi. Left alone towards the goal, he did not resist the return of Samuel Gigot (6th).
Opposite, Cengiz Ünder despaired the Marseille supporters. Well served by Sanchez, he shot Vito Mannone (12th) or next (47th). When recovering from a bad recovery from the Lorient goalkeeper, he dithered and missed the target (35th).
Struggling for months, Jonathan Clauss and Nuno Tavares almost found the right connection, but the strike of the right piston, served by the left piston, was deflected (40th). And the Portuguese found Jean-Victor Makengo on a full ax strike (65th). Opposite, the defector Bamba Dieng, who arrived in Lorient in January, gradually gained strength, first eclipsed by Adil Aouchiche, who was celebrating his first tenure in L1 in the Lorient jersey, before forcing Pau Lopez to a parade of reflexes on a resumption of the left in the surface (63rd).
And in a lively end to the match, the Merlus, who had lost all their matches against OM since their rise to the top flight in 2020, even had the luxury of being the most dangerous, in particular by Ibrahima Koné, Entrance to Dieng Square for the last ten minutes.