Ligue 1: Marseille enchanted then disillusioned against Bordeaux


The Phocéens led two goals to zero at the break before coming back to the score against the Girondins.

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It is a common thread that begins to emerge at each meeting of the Olympique de Marseille. Whatever the result, the show is rarely absent as in the Gerets years or during the only season under the orders of Marcelo Bielsa. Now in the hands of Jorge Sampaoli, the Marseille team has once again shown how capable it is of anything against Bordeaux on Sunday August 15 as against Montpellier on the first day.

And yet, the evening could have turned into drama after about twenty minutes when Samuel Kalu collapsed just before a free kick from Dimitri Payet. A vagal discomfort will be diagnosed thereafter while the shadow of the episode of Christian Eriksen seized for a few minutes at the Stade Vélodrome. Replaced after coming to his senses and even reappearing a few moments on the field, the episode however put a blow to the Bordelais.

This is the moment chosen by the attacking trio recruited in the transfer window by OM to make their talent speak. Konrad as the trigger, Gerson as the passer and Ünder at the conclusion. Before Payet came to score on an individual action full of class his third goal of the season. Show, play, envy, as against Montpellier, Marseille is capable of the best offensively.

But Jorge Sampaoli’s men are also capable of extinguishing themselves completely. And as against the Héraultais, it is in defense that the pack has hurt. In seven minutes, Pembélé then Oudin allowed the Girondins, yet far from hoping for anything before the break, to equalize and make OM tremble.

What about this Leonardo Balerdi sole at the end of the match for a direct red? If OM finally concedes the draw and limits the breakage in view of the second period, the balance is still fragile to be able to keep this common thread and hope to titillate the summits.



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