Perfect evening for Om ahead of his European semi-final against Feyenoord. After a sluggish score in Reims, Marseille won the 34th day of Ligue 1 and made a further move towards second place.
While traveling to Auguste-Delaunay, Aum abstained for a long time. Marseille, at the end of boredom, ensured the bare minimum to cement their place as runners-up (1-0) for the Olympians’ final outing before traveling to Feyenoord’s lawn in the first leg of the Conference League semi-finals on Thursday. )).
If Marseille shouldn’t rest as Monaco and Rennes won this weekend and are back on three points, Jorge Sampaoli may have slightly rotated his workforce at Reims. Deprived of Bakambu, slightly injured, Om finds Milik in his starting lineup, while Mandanda prefers López on goal and Payette, Gerson and Caleta Carr, replaced in the center of the four-man defense by Perret, are only on the bench. .
Om stumbles onto a defensive block, rims on Mandanda.
Facing 13th place in the championship, with 41 points almost assured of its maintenance, or 10 ahead of Barrage, the opportunity to take the saddle for second place, qualifying directly for the Champions League, is great. However, 4 short shots, 74% capture and 45 minutes later, Om returned to the locker room without showing the face of a European semifinalist. Only Milik, on a long shot (8th), then a tackle in front of Rajkovic (21st), shows offensive intent. But despite a compact block at the front, it falls short.
Conversely, Reims actually concerns Mandanda by Matuisva (18th) and van Bergen, who takes advantage of a missed transmission away from his goal to try to lob it from Marseille’s goalkeeper, Perez runs his line (37th). th) pushed back on. Once not practiced, Marseille reacts with a coach break, bringing in Gerson and Payet in place of Kolasinac and Harit, with Kamara going down a notch.
But the light still doesn’t come on, neither from the two entrants nor from their team, despite very strong support from the strong Marseille contingent in the stands with owner Frank McCourt. OM clearly has his foot on the ball, no doubt (from the 46th to the 60th minute (86% capture), but only very rarely reaches Reims’ goal. Sampaoli then changes his plans and searches for Lirola, granting Rongier a position more favorable to his qualities.
Gerson turns on the light
The first thrill of the second half comes only in the 75th minute, and it’s still on Mandanda’s goal: Janelli takes the ball too high and serves Konan, whose powerful shot barely escapes the frame. A minute later, the Olympian goalkeeper was pushed into the save again by a header from Munetsi. Caleta Karr and Dieng’s entries would qualify to give Kamara and Milik some respite for their trip to the Netherlands.
Then comes Gerson’s awakening. Moments after grazing on a deflection off Reims’ left post at near post (80th), the versatile Marseille midfielder got a corner on a powerful strike that was deflected by Rajkovic. In two steps, Payet finds him. The magic can then work: stepover, hook and strike from the opposite right small net (83rd). The success of OM is achieved on this flash of Brazil.
In the absence of a solid performance, the operation is perfect for the Olympians, who hold a six-point lead over Rennes and Monaco with four games remaining. With continental festivities that can also await the Folks in the coming weeks, this 2021-2022 season promises to end under the best of aegis.