Punished by OL, OM see their place as Ligue 1 runners-up threatened by Rennes and Monaco
The game: 3-0
Four days before their semi-final second leg of the Europa League Conference against Feyenoord, OM carried out a very bad operation this Sunday evening in Ligue 1. In front of their public, the Marseillais were severely punished by a very serious OL and clinical realism (0-3). With this setback, the Phocaeans see their place as runners-up threatened by Rennes and Monaco, who are only three points behind. The trip to Roazhon Park on May 14 could be decisive. For their part, the Lyonnais return to five lengths of Nice, fifth, and can still believe in Europe.
As in the first leg (1-2), OM again tripped over the mat in the second half against their rival Lyon. Overall masters of the game, the Marseillais had not conceded anything before folding on a set phase. On a free kick from Emerson deflected by the wall, Pau Lopez repelled a first attempt by Moussa Dembélé before seeing Castello Lukeba conclude (55th). Tense by the scenario, the players of Jorge Sampaoli did not react only to a free kick from Dimitri Payet released by Anthony Lopes (67th). Much more in control of their nerves, the Lyonnais planted their second banderilla thanks to Dembélé, found at the first post by Malo Gusto (70th). Karl Toko Ekambi worsened the note on a service from Tetê (88th).
Before this outcome, the show had taken place more in the stands than on the ground. In the superb atmosphere of a Vélodrome animated by the 35th anniversary of the South Winners, the Marseillais like Lyonnais delivered a first period of a low technical level, during which neither of the two formations framed the slightest shot. OM however had several opportunities to sting their opponent, but Arkadiusz Milik was unable to convert them (see below). Like this huge failure that could have changed everything just before the break (43rd). Because once behind, Marseille lost track and never seemed able to catch up.
Scorer of the break, Moussa Dembélé scored his fifth goal in the last four days of Ligue 1. Already a scorer in the first leg, OL’s number 9 has now scored 17 goals since the start of the season.
The player: essential Lukeba
The young defender was already one of the few bright spots in Lyon’s dismal season, he will be even more so after this new performance of choice against a rival. Beyond his but decisive in the second half (55th), Lukeba was still perfect defensively. He notably signed an important comeback to disrupt Milik in front of Lopes (29th). He was also the one who was hanging out in the Pole’s area when the latter missed the opener. After the break, he pulled away for a tackle in his area on a pass from Bamba Dieng to Milik (72nd).
Fact: Milik should have done better
Holder at the forefront of the Marseille attack after restarting on the bench against Feyenoord, the Pole did not have the success downloaded. However, he had the chances to put OM in front in the first period, but he was unable to convert them. If he is embarrassed by the return of Lukeba, he misses the target against Lopes (29th). Above all, he was completely missed at close range on this golden service from Gerson (43rd). After the break, Lopes again easily stopped his timid attempt passed between the legs of Malo Gusto (48th).