OM’s good run continues in the Championship. Defeated at the Orange Vélodrome in the first leg by RC Lens (2-3), on September 26, the Phocaeans took their revenge on the Sang et Or, Saturday January 22, at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium (0-2) . Dominating, they won thanks to goals from Dimitri Payet and rookie Cédric Bakambu, decisive in his first match with Marseille.
Undefeated for four games in Ligue 1, Jorge Sampaoli’s men delivered a successful performance against Lens, like their captain Dimitri Payet, technically very fair. The Marseille number 10, always in the right shots, made his dribbling and conservation skills speak for themselves to create several chances in favor of his team, such as at the half-hour mark when he served Valentin Rongier, unlucky with a strike who hit the bar and then the post.
In the process, the Reunionese concretized the Marseille domination, on penalty, by scoring his eighth goal of the season. Also with eight assists on the clock, Payet is now involved in more than half of OM’s goals this season in the Championship.
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Beyond the performance of Dimitri Payet, OM also delivered a great collective performance to win a fifth away game without conceding goals. In midfield, Boubacar Kamara and Mattéo Guendouzi locked inside the game well to prevent Lensoise transitions. Under pressure in the first period, the Sang et Or put their foot on the ball more on the return from the locker room, but the Marseille defenders silenced the artesian attackers without exposing Pau Lopez too much. To complete this success, Cédric Bakambu, who entered the game in the 75th minute, widened the gap with his second ball touched.
Victorious in their last two matches in L1, the Lensois experience a setback and miss an opportunity to get closer to European places. On the contrary, the Marseillais, who still have to catch up with their match against Lyon, regain second place in the standings while waiting for the Nice match against Metz on Sunday (1 p.m.). They also confirm their status as the best defense in the French Championship.