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OM stall against Montpellier

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Olympique de Marseille conceded a draw against Montpellier, this Friday, on behalf of the 29th day of the League (1-1).

The countdown begins. Runner-up to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, Olympique de Marseille approached the final sprint of this thrilling season with a Mediterranean duel against Montpellier. There was no question, for the band at Tudor, of relying on the photograph of the classification for this back-to-school match. Because despite its place in the soft underbelly, La Paillade, eleventh at kick-off, landed at the Vélodrome after recovering its health, on the strength of a series of 6 games in defeat following the return of Michel Der Zakarian on his bench. And because OM tend to grope in their arena.

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After dropping points against Ajaccio or Strasbourg, the Marseillais were warned: they had to avoid the trap set by an opponent ready to make the match of their season, in the bubbling context of the Vélodrome. Marseille still presented themselves in their usual animation in 3-4-3, but the starting lineup was unexpected: exit Lopez and Mbemba, place for Blanco and Kolasinac, with a Rongier who integrated the defense with three. Guendouzi, sometimes confined to the bench, found his place in the midfield alongside Veretout, Clauss and Nuno Tavares donning their piston costumes. In front, Alexis Sanchez was supported by Malinovskyi and the controversial Vitinha.

Reaction Marseillais

The start of the match quickly displayed the tactical configuration. With high pressing, the Marseillais quickly sought to take control of the game against a very compact Montpellier block. Michel Der Zakarian had concocted a good grid to reduce the spaces as much as possible. In this context, the whole plan of the Montpellier residents was to resist Marseille pressure for as long as possible, to install doubt. An approach that paid off because OM misused the ball.

And it was Montpellier who struck first. On a quick attack initiated by Khazri and relayed by Wahi, Nordin, launched, showered the Vélodrome from the start (0-1, 12th). Despite this opener, the Héraultais did not release the pressure. From the fixing game of Wahi to the activity of Savanier, the MHSC played its luck to the full under the impetus of its strong men. Stung in their pride, the Marseillais revolted in a rather muddled way, but they were able to resurface before the break. On a nice collective movement, Sakho was the author of a hand fault, finally sanctioned after using the VAR. Guendouzi did not tremble to transform the penalty (1-1, 44th).

The second act was less lively. Although the lines stretched as fatigue gained ground, OM never really found the right fuel to force the Montpellier lock. On the contrary, it was the visitors who had the best shots to play, like Khazri, well offset on an overflow on the right side of Mavididi, and whose recovery fled the frame (67th). Despite a slightly more exciting last quarter of an hour following the entry of creative Payet, the Marseillais did not find the fault. A back-to-school day to forget.

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