Payet and the Marseillais take the shock and 2nd place


It was written. After having opened the hostilities by seasoning Rudi Garcia with two days of shock, it was obvious that Dimitri Payet was going to be one of the heroes of this OM-OL. It remained to be seen whether it would be for the better, or for the worse. It has been for the best. With a five-star performance from his master to play, and a real solidarity in the effort, despite the expulsion of Alvaro Gonzalez half an hour from the end, OM beat his great rival this Sunday evening (2-1), in an incandescent Velodrome.

This victory against Lyon, the first in the league since May 2014, is the best gift the Olympians could give their fans, for the club's 120th birthday. It is also a very, very good operation from an accounting point of view, since thanks to this success, OM becomes sole dauphin of the PSG, with a point ahead of Angers. While OL stagnates in 14th place, relegated to six lengths of the other Olympic.

Payet has perfectly launched the OM

The Marseille fans, if we put aside the sad episode of the stallion bus Lyonnais, had ignited throughout the afternoon the streets of Marseille. Once is not custom, the players are in tune on the lawn. By showing aggressiveness from the kick-off, and following the rhythm of their conductor Reunion. It was accused of Payet to be a "big mouth" before the game? He showed that he could attach deeds to words. It was said of him that he was only too rarely up to the big posters? He has proven that he can be a fighting leader in all areas.

Impeccable on a technical level, with a festival of exteriors, but also – and this is to emphasize – in the attitude, not balking on the defensive tasks, the man who was once named captain by Garcia has first opened the mark on penalty. A penalty kicked in the 12th minute for a hand of Thiago Mendes, but scored by Payet in the 18th, after long minutes of overhaul at the VAR, and a confusion between Benedetto and Dubois.

What to boost a little more international, and give it wings. Twenty minutes later, Payet offered himself a second goal, like a big one, being at the origin – a superb tackle slipped on Traore – and at the end, a nice cross shot after a discount from Lopez. With a little success, he could have even scored a hat-trick, if his shot wound in the 58th had found the frame of Lopes. The demonstration finally ended with cramps and an entry into play by Valere Germain (77th).

And Alvaro revived OL

The problem for Marseille is that a match lasts 90 minutes, and that it suddenly shot in both feet on the hour of play. With an Alvaro Gonzalez in the role of the clumsy hunter. While the OL, rather harmless until then (despite 60% of possession at the break) seemed close to knockout, and came in addition to losing Houssem Aouar on injury, the Spanish defender first helped Dembele on the reduction of the score, letting the center of Traore slip away incomprehensibly (2-1, 59 '). Five minutes later, he tackled the center forward Rhone who went alone to the goal, scooping very logically a red card.

The following was a little predictable. Even without Memphis Depay, injured, even without Lucas Tousart, suspended, and therefore without Aouar, out, Lyon was back to believe it to eleven against ten. OL got some hot situations on set-pieces, he patiently waited for his time, and the whole stadium thought it had arrived when Terrier slammed a good volley in the 90th minute. Silence in the stands, explosion when the public realized that it was not framed. OM finally won at an "Olympico", Garcia lost one more.

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