Confined in his Marseille hotel room before the end of his quarantine, Jorge Sampaoli must certainly be wondering what adventure he is embarking on. As he prepares to take control of Olympique de Marseille, the Argentinian coach witnessed, helplessly in front of his television, the debacle of his future troops this Sunday, March 7 in Perpignan, facing the fans of Canet- in Roussillon (N2). Unable to take the game on their own despite a quasi-typical team and the four divisions away, the Olympians sank in the face of attractive Canétois, who created the feat of these round of 16, they who had not until- there only played two matches since mid-October because of the Covid.
“We did some shit“
Four divisions is the supposed gap between OM and Canet-en-Roussillon. But on the lawn of Perpignan, it went unnoticed. Quite the contrary. From the outset, the Roussillonnais played their luck bravely, pressing the Marseillais very high. Sometimes in difficulty to get the ball out, the fans held onto OM. It must also be said that the offensive apathy of the Olympians was ideal to put the Canétois in confidence. And then, the magic of the Cup illuminated the meeting. On a free kick well placed to the right of the area, Posteraro sent a magnificent strike into the opposite window, on his birthday (1-0, 20th). A feast for the eyes, a blow of bamboo for the Marseillais.
A few minutes later, Canet even passed very close to the break on a cross from Bai, which had just grazed the bar of Yohann Pelé. But it was ultimately OM who scored the second goal of the match, on a beautiful header from Milik (1-1, 38 ‘). Author of his third goal in the Marseille jersey, the Polish striker believed to put things back in order for OM. But it has not happened. Because on the return from the locker room, Nasser Larguet’s men failed to raise their level of play. Worse, they continued to suffer the law of the premises.
Alone at the penalty spot, Mbimba first sent a thrill to the Marseille area, before a miraculous return of Alvaro in the feet of Bai, alone in the area. In physical pain, the Canétois gave everything to the end. An even more notable performance when we know that the N2 championship has been stopped for months. And by dint of not taking any risks, what had to happen happened for OM. At the end of a superb collective action played in a touch of the ball, Bai is found in depth by Posteraro and places a subtle and delicious dive above Yohann Pelé (2-1, 71st). The last blow for Olympians on the ground, humiliated, and eliminated.
“There are no words. We did some shit. There was nothing that was right. I do not know what to say. We did some shit and voila. We play against a N2, we are professional, we must not lose “, recognized, shot, Kamara at the exit of the field at the microphone ofEurosport. A fatalism that contrasted with the joy of Canet fans, whose cries of joy echoed in the empty stadium in Perpignan. “We have been able to raise our level. It’s a great performance. We did some very good things, we disrupted them. My players were heroic, courageous. We bring a little happiness to the Catalan country. We will savor“for his part appreciated Farid Fouzari, the coach of Canet-en-Roussillon. For the Roussillon club, the feat is as great as the sporting crisis in which OM finds itself. To get out of it, it will be necessary that Jorge Sampaoli works miracles, as soon as he can leave his hotel room.