Rudi Garcia returned to his home for two seasons. And he did it as coach of the maximum rival – along with PSG – of OM. The coach suffered serious insults upon arrival at the stadium and lived a real hell in the Velodrome. Marseille fans do not forget the "betrayal" of leaving Lyon after training OM. Villas-Boas, meanwhile, repeated practically the eleven that won the Lille with Boubacar Kamara again acting as a defensive midfielder.
The match began with the emotion and tension that characterizes the derby. Lyon seemed comfortable in the early stages, seeking to attack the back from the sides of the OM and finding the clearest chance of the game in the 10th minute, when Aouar left Cornet alone with a magnificent pass that would end in a great Mandanda intervention.
The approach of Villas-Boas It was identical to last week against Lille. The OM was a folded team, which left no spaces inside and punished especially the moves that the opponent did not finish. On the contrary, Payet, Sanson and Maxime Lopez were a nightmare for Thiago Mendes, which left a lot of space behind him. In the 12th minute, Mendes committed an absurd penalty after trying to control a ball that hit him in the hand. Payet transformed the penalty, which had to be delayed five minutes by a colleague from Benedetto to Dubois who reviewed the VAR.
Rudi's Lyon has become an atypical team in which the centrals serve as midfielders and midfielders barely participate in the ball out. Rudi was wrong placing Aouar in the double pivot, this being a more decisive player near the area. Although he ended up placing him inside, lthe decision came too late, because in another play that did not end Lyon, Payet, who was being the best of OM in each counterattack, finished off hard and low to the long suit of Lopes, who could not do anything to prevent the goal. It was the result of the review that Villas-Boas gave Rudi Garcia in the first half.
The match was interrupted in the first stages of the second half by the smoke generated by flares lit by the ultras of OM. Rudi Garcia was surprised by removing Adelaïde to the rest having been the best player of the OL in the first half, to give entry to Jean Lucas, a midfielder of a more defensive than offensive cut and who did not join the attack during the entire second half. For more inri, Aouar was injured in the 55th minute, Rayan Cherki entering instead.
Moussa Dembele It was one of the keys of Lyon in the second part. The striker finished off a great center of Dubois, winning the position to Alvaro Gonzalez and the next play forced the expulsion of the Spanish central. They were minutes in which Lyon felt comfortable, but after the red, he did not risk and suffered the consequences of not having his three best attack players on the field (Memphis, Aouar and Adelaïde). There was no comeback and the three points remained in Marseille. Important victory for the Villas-Boas.
Jean Lucas (45 ', Jeff Reine Adelaide), Rayan Cherki (56 ', Houssem Aouar), Strootman (65 ', Benedetto), Martin Terrier (72 ', Bertrand Traore), Valere Germain (77 ', Payet), Saif-Eddine Khaoui (87 ', Maxime Lopez)
1-0, 17 ': Payet, 2-0, 38 ': Payet, 2-1, 58 ': Dembele
Referee: Antony Gautier
VAR Referee: Jerome Brisard
Bouna Sarr (9 ', Yellow) Alvaro (45 ', Yellow) Alvaro (63 ', Red) V. Rongier (82 ', Yellow