Reduced to ten per hour of play, the Marseillais believed for a long time to succeed in snatching the victory against Montpellier, until the equalization of Gaëtan Laborde in added time (3-3). OM are losing big in the race for Europe.
A goal after 27 seconds of play signed Andy Delort, another from Gaëtan Laborde in the 93rd minute. Meanwhile, the same Laborde had already equalized for the first time at the start of the second period. The superb attacking duo from Montpellier will have stood up to Olympique de Marseille, well helped by an efficient midfielder, in which Jordan Ferri delivered two magnificent assists.
Held in check at the last 3-3 second after a completely crazy match for the 32nd day of Ligue 1, Jorge Sampaoli’s players nevertheless believed they had returned the game at the end of the first period. Arkadiusz Milik, with a good slalom, then Pape Gueye, after a billiard shot in the penalty area, scored two goals in three minutes to allow the Olympians to return to the locker room with the advantage on the scoreboard.
A red and a late equalizer
But as too often, OM ended up getting into difficulty. After Laborde’s 2-2 goal, Duje Caleta-Car logically received a red card on the hour mark for a very big foul on Sambia (see photo below). An episode that could have allowed Montpellier to afford additional space, but it was first of all the Phocéens who performed well, continuing to attack.
On an indirect free kick from Dimitri Payet, Lucas Perrin, who came into play to compensate for the exclusion of Caleta-Car, scored his first pro goal to put OM in front. An advantage that the Marseillais could have increased through Thauvin or Milik, in vain. By pushing, Montpellier therefore managed to bend OM at the end of added time. With this draw, the fifth in six games for Montpellier, the two teams remain 6th and 7th in Ligue 1, behind Lens, which plays on Sunday.