Guendouzi ready for the final sprint
After the meeting, on Amazon Ligue 1, the OM midfielder insisted on the good form of his team as the last two months of competition approach … and a week which could be decisive. “I think tonight the victory was very well controlled. We had a very good first half. In the second half, we were able to keep the ball and stay solid behind. We saw it tonight : we’ll be ready for the final sprint. First we have a game to play on Thursday in Greece which is going to be very difficult. Then we’re going to the Parc and it’s going to be a very important game because we’re on a good dynamic and we don’t want to stop there.”
Cozza: “A game with a lot of disappointment”
Cozza at the microphone of Amazon Ligue 1: “They were more effective than us. They had control of the ball and we ran after it. It’s a game where there is a lot of disappointment. We had the opportunities to get back into the game, unfortunately we weren’t able to put them into practice.”
It’s over at the Velodrome!
Marseille won without forcing 2-0 against Montpellier thanks to a successful first half. Mandanda didn’t concede. The Marseillais are ready for their return match in the Conference League and the clash against PSG next weekend, taking 2nd place in the championship.
Strike of Payet…
Bertaud does not have to intervene on the free kick. Dimitri Payet’s shot flies straight to the stands.
The substitute goalkeeper of Montpellier takes the place of Mavididi for the last seconds of play.
OMLIN TAKES A DIRECT RED!
The terrible counter-attack for Montpellier!
On a corner in favor of MHSC, OM hit hard. Payet however misses his pass to Luis Henrique, but Sakho misses the ball… and the Brazilian pushes him a little too far while getting ahead of Omlin. The goalkeeper makes a mistake, outside the area, and logically receives a red card.
Payet with an eccentric free kick
The center-shot of the player trained in Nantes does not surprise at all Omlin, who boxes the ball in front of his goal.
Mavididi and Makouana wrestling
The two Montpellier players are totally in the way in OM’s penalty area… and Mavididi finally pushes the ball out of goal. It’s a wasted opportunity.
Center of Cozza…
Mandanda has perfectly anticipated the trajectory of the ball and comes to capture the ball in the air before relaunching quickly. OM finally calmed things down again and still managed their lead.
It’s time for changes
Pape Gueye and Rongier go out for Kolasinac and Lirola. The OM defense should readjust a bit.
On the Montpellier side, Makouana replaces Ferri and Sambia in place of Souquet.
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GERSON!
In the area, the Brazilian takes the ball with a magnificent control directed from the chest before attempting a strike from the right… totally missed.
Harit having fun
Fortunately, there is Amine Harit who walks around with the ball at his feet to restart as cleanly as possible, from his goal line, without panicking.
The match becomes a bit repetitive, between a Montpellier team which does not accelerate and a Marseille team which is content with it.
Cabella to launch a counter
The Marseillais come back very well in defense and recover the ball at the feet of Mavididi. In continuity, Leroy fouls on the middle line and receives a yellow card.
Germain and Cabella back at the Vélodrome
Copious whistles as the Montpellier residents in turn make a double change… with familiar faces at the Vélodrome. Germain and Cabella enter in place of Wahi and Mollet.
Changes to OM
Dieng and Ünder, the two scorers in the first half, are replaced by Sampaoli. Payet and Luis Henrique are the entrants.
Center of Savanier…
It’s far too strong for Mavididi and Wahi. The ball flies out of goal.
Watch from afar!
Gerson tears himself away in the area after good pressing and kicks the ball back… Guendouzi can’t control. It is finally Gueye, from afar, who strikes directly. In the air.
OH SAVANIER MISSES THE GOAL!
On a hyper-risky raise from Kamara, Gueye lets the ball pass… to Savanier, who strikes immediately. It’s next to the frame. What a fright for the Marseillais!
Under seeks Dieng
Cengiz Ünder’s ground pass is perfectly measured, but Dieng is finally a little short when putting the leg. Omlin can grab the ball.
The game resumes!
Montpellier has 45 minutes to try to get back into the game… and try to return the favor a few months after the stunning first leg at La Mosson.
Reactions to the break on Amazon Ligue 1
Harit : “We have a very, very well controlled first half. We have OCCAZ. We control the game. We manage to alternate between strong and weak times. I think it’s deserved at the break. We have a group with a lot of quality players. I hope I can continue like this to have more credit with the coach.”
Souquet : “We made a good start but we were punished on a deep run. We had the ball 1-1, we took a penalty with the VAR… If we didn’t concede any other goals and we put one, I think there’s something to play for. But we have to stop conceding goals, otherwise it’s going to be more complicated.”
It’s the break in Marseille!
The Olympians lead quite logically 2-0, thanks to a goal from Dieng and a penalty from Ünder. Montpellier tries to come back in the game but lacks efficiency and accuracy in the last gestures. But the game is far from over…
The Mandanda Parade!
The OM goalkeeper is focused and does not let himself be surprised on a shot from 16 meters from Mavididi, after a loss of ball from Gerson. Marseille is almost in danger and is not yet completely safe.
The vicious center of Ünder!
Omlin intervenes at the last moment on this very complicated center, which bounces at the last moment in front of him. Bamba Dieng then inherits the ball and hits … next to the frame.
Montpellier does not shoot
The real problem for the MHSC is there: the inability to shoot from kick-off. Montpellier only shot once, and it was off target, in almost 40 minutes of play.
On a cross from Savanier, the two players are in a duel in the air. The Marseillais seems with a delay, the Montpellier remains on the ground. The game is interrupted to allow Leroy to come to his senses.
Ünder’s good pressing
The Turk comes to hinder Sakho’s recovery and even recovers the ball, but it is badly launched by Harit then. The Montpellier defense is doing well.
Dieng goes on goal
Superb pass from Guendouzi to launch Dieng in the depth, towards the goal. The attacker, however, misses his ball handling afterwards and pushes his ball too much. Omlin can step in before his strike.
Montpellier returns to the attack
The Montpellier residents have been trying a lot since the start of the match and have not let up despite the scenario, but without finding Mavididi or Wahi in a good position in the last 16 meters.
Guendouzi decisive in his area
Very good return from the midfielder, who comes back to cut off a pass that was lying around in the penalty area, before conceding the corner all the same.
Under introduces himself…
IT’S AT THE BOTTOM OF THE NETS!
Omlin is taken on the wrong foot on this penalty shot by Cengiz Ünder. OM had a perfect start to the match and were already leading 2-0!
Without much surprise, the referee is called by the video assistance to go and consult the images… and indicates the penalty spot for this fault by Ferri, who tackles Dieng with a delay.
Dieng collapses in the box!
Ooooh what a great action from OM! After a superb pass from Gerson, Dieng seems close to being able to take the ball in the box and collapses… without fail, according to Mr. Stinat.
Mavididi avoids Mandanda
The Montpellier striker finds himself in an angle too closed to strike. His withdrawal is countered by Luan Peres. In the process, Savanier escapes and crosses strong… It is still cleared by the Marseillais.
The timid reaction of Montpellier
Olivier dall’Oglio’s players tried to go straight back on the attack, with Wahi on the left side, but Marseille’s defense left no space at the start of the game.
BUUUUUUUUUUUUUT FROM DIENG!
THE OPENING OF THE SCORE FOR OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE! WHAT A GIFT FROM AMINE HARIT!
On a deep pass from Rongier, Harit perfectly resists the Montpellier defender behind his back before depositing the ball in the six meters, for Dieng, who only has to conclude. 1-0 for OM!
Ünder’s curling strike!
From the right side, the Turk returns to his left foot and attempts a shot… which does not come back enough towards the goal. Omlin watches the ball go into the stands.
Corner for Montpellier
He is shot at the far post by Téji Savanier… and cleared by Rongier. First alert without danger for OM.
Fever for Caleta-Car
The Croatian defender, announced as holder and finally replaced by Gueye, would have been replaced because of a feverish state according to the latest information from Amazon Ligue 1.
Let’s go to the Velodrome!
The kick-off is given by the Marseillais, who welcome Montpellier tonight with Mandanda holder in goal. Will the Olympians regain possession of 2nd place, ahead of Rennes?
Strasbourg remains at a distance
In the penultimate match of this day of Ligue 1, at 7 p.m., Lyon snatched a draw at the last second against Strasbourg. A welcome result… for Marseille, which retains a small lead of 4 points over the Alsatians, on the podium.
A change in the eleven of OM
Injured, Caleta-Car finally gives up his place in the starting lineup to Pape Gueye.
Marseille supporters have voting instructions
The banners are out at the Vélodrome and wink at the presidential election: “For excessive fines, prohibited travel, closed areas, the death of popular football, vote LFP.”
The warm-up is on at the Velodrome
Both teams are on the lawn of Marseille, including Rémy Cabella, who will be on the bench of substitutes for Montpellier after the premature end of his contract in Krasnodar because of the conflict in Ukraine.
Grandstands closed at the Velodrome
Some stands are closed for this match against Montpellier at the Vélodrome stadium, after the last events against Nice. However, the Olympians should be able to count on 50,000 spectators tonight.
Saliba: “I became a guy from 13”
The central defender, on loan this season from Arsenal, expressed his rapid attachment to his new adopted city for this season.
>>> Tomorrow evening, on RMC Sport, don’t miss Le Vestiaire Spécial OM.
The official compositions!
The eleven of OM : Mandanda – Rongier Saliba, Caleta-Car, Luan Peres – Kamara, Guendouzi, Gerson, – Under Harit, Dieng.
The eleven of Montpellier : Omlin – Souquet, Estève, Sakho, Cozza – Ferri, Leroy – Mollet, Savanier, Mavididi – Wahi.
Payet went to vote
On this presidential election Sunday, Dimitri Payet exercised his civic duty by going to vote a few hours before the match. He shared this moment on social networks.
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No Milik in the group
The suspense only lasted a few minutes. First announced in the group, Arek Milik is finally not available to face Montpellier. The Pole is not yet recovered from his injury contracted in selection.
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OM can regain 2nd place
With the stunning victory of Rennes on the lawn of Reims, Marseille is third at kick-off, ahead on goal difference.
End of the 31st day of Ligue 1 this Sunday with Marseille receiving Montpellier at the Vélodrome stadium. The kick-off will be given at 9 p.m. and not 8:45 p.m., due to the Strasbourg-Lyon match, which is played at 7 p.m.