Carried by a Dimitri Payet in very good form (two goals and an assist), OM has a fifth victory in seven games and settles in fifth place in Ligue 1, ahead of Lens. The Olympians win their first away game in more than five months.
The OM players lost Kamara and Perrin to injury but especially pocketed three points which augur well for a less dull end of the season than the supporters could fear. Especially in view of this performance in control or almost on the field of Reims (3-1), at the opening of the 34th day of Ligue 1. The first Olympian victory away for Jorge Sampaoli and the first away all runs since December 4th.
In a 3-5-2 that has become classic, with the return of Nagatomo in the left piston and in the absence of Caleta-Car, still suspended, OM arrived in Reims with one small idea in mind: to regain their fifth place in front of Lens to put pressure on the Sang et Or as well as the Rennais (seventh). Opposite, the Stade de Reims (11th) has nothing more to play and is preparing for the post-Guion, who will be replaced by Oscar Garcia.
As often outside since taking office from Sampaoli, the Olympians have struggled to offer an attractive attacking game a week after the crazy scenario against Lorient (3-2). In Reims, which remained two 0-0 in a row, OM will have been able to react quickly. Faced with enterprising Rémois without being sufficiently threatening, the Phocéens drag their feet and wait until the 33rd minute of play to arm their first strike of the match.
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Reims efficient, Kamara leaves, Sampaoli gets annoyed
Moments earlier, Dimitri Payet received a nasty tackle from Faes which could have earned Mr Wattellier to go and check the images. Nay, Reims remains at 11, unlike OM which sees Kamara temporarily out, hit in the back. A short moment in numerical superiority which the Remoins take advantage of perfectly by scoring from a corner, with a beautiful cross header from Mbuku (38th). A goal that slightly upsets Jorge Sampaoli.
Kamara leaves in the wake, replaced by Rongier who then returns after two months of absence. The Marseillais have just taken two blows to the head but it does not take so much to wake them up and react immediately. Payet responds very quickly and confirms his good form, just like Lirola, double scorer last week and author of the decisive pass for his number 10 at the penalty spot (41st).
OM overthrow everything before the break
Milik, again, and in added time, again, as against Montpellier (3-3), allows the Olympians to return to the locker room by leading and completely reversing the situation at the very end of the period. The Phocéens can again thank Payet, author of a perfect cross for the Pole who speaks his killer instinct by scoring on his first opportunity with an opportunistic tackle (45 e + 1). Payet’s 100th assist in the top flight.
Reims starts the second act like the first, with the best intentions but no clear opportunity. On the sidelines, Sampaoli is still bubbling under his cap and even receives a warning (55th). It is indeed Marseille which is the most dangerous, despite everything, but Rajkovic saves his people in front of Milik after a very high recovery (62nd).
Post then red, the three minutes that hurt Reims
The locals end up shaking Mandanda, Perrin and the Marseille post on a face to face missed by Dia (66th), which will ultimately cost an outing through injury and tears for Perrin (75th). Undoubtedly a turning point, since on the next action, Faes does not escape the red this time after another uncontrolled tackle on Rongier (69th). The Stade de Reims is at 10 and has just missed its chance.
Once again, OM took advantage of it quickly and took shelter thanks to a Payet still as surgical. The Reunionese offers himself a double, a flat of the quiet foot in the surface at the reception of a center behind Rongier (75th). Milik also believes himself to offer a double but is signaled in an offside position for a half-shoe (81st) in a one-sided end of the match where OM seeks above all to heal their goal difference.
This victory without dispute and without eventful epilogue, finally, allows Marseille to take two points ahead of Lens, which plays Sunday against Bordeaux, and four over Rennes, which will challenge Dijon at the same time. Two opponents who are playing for survival and who could allow OM to believe a little more in the top 5.