Reduced to nine in the second half against Bordeaux, OM held the draw (0-0) on the lawn of the Girondins, who retain their invincibility at home against the Marseille club.
If Nantes is “still sick”, OM is not cured. The Marseille of the interim Nasser Larguet did not manage this Sunday to break the curse. Olympique de Marseille have not won in Bordeaux for ages, more than 43 years to be exact (October 1977), and this incredible series of unbeaten chances could continue. At least one more year, after the draw (0-0) of the Marseillais at Matmut Atlantique this Sunday, at the end of the 25th day of Ligue 1.
If the arrival of Nasser Larguet extinguished the fire in the locker room after the serious incidents at the Commanderie and the sudden departure of André Villas-Boas, the interim coach has not revived this Marseille team on the ground. In a logic of waiting in the face of Bordeaux too quickly resigned to producing the game after a rather dynamic start, the OM players, very borrowed, were held back by too much technical waste.
And a double numerical inferiority that almost nullified any hope of victory in a very dull evening. It is all the more unfortunate for the Marseillais that the first expulsion came when they were much more bloody in the game in the second half, like these two dangerous balls from Florian Thauvin (50th, 51st) . On one of them, Koscielny almost deceived Costil, vigilant. But the turning point of the match is this incredible failure of Valère Germain, with disastrous consequences.
OM lose everything in five minutes
Launched in depth, the Marseille striker found himself alone against Costil. Perhaps a little too alone, moreover, for a player in doubt. While the shot won against the Bordeaux goalkeeper, Germain procrastinated. And rather than try his luck or even send a pass to Florian Thauvin, the striker completely missed his technical gesture. A shot too soft to worry Costil, or was it a pass? Only he knows it.
Still, Florian Thauvin could bite his fingers, especially as in the continuation of this action, Balerdi retained Oudin by the shoulder. Red card (55th). Rebelote less than five minutes later (59th), after a post from Hwang (58th). Dario Benedetto sheared Koscielny, a gesture of frustration that cost him his place on the pitch. Bordeaux did not ask for so much, but this mind-blowing, stunning scenario, the Girondins did not take advantage of. Even at nine, Marseille continued to provide opportunities. But it was De Préville who had the match point at the end of his foot. A too removed strike which flew into the Bordeaux sky.
Reduced to nine for over half an hour, Nasser Larguet’s players have preserved an almost unexpected result, and avoided a fifth defeat in six days. Marseille stagnates in ninth place in the standings, ahead of Angers and Bordeaux. The Bordeaux, uninspired, did not even push Steve Mandanda to come out the big game.