Ligue 1: OM snatch victory against Montpellier thanks to a double from Dimitri Payet



Last match of the 1st day of Ligue 1 and new crazy match. Olympique de Marseille brought down Montpellier, in the Hérault, Sunday August 8, in a meeting where the Phocéens were led 2-0 after 35 minutes of play. But blown up by their duo of rookies De la Fuente / Under as well as a boss size Dimitri Payet, Jorge Sampaoli’s men first returned to the game before passing in the space of 12 minutes. A fairly impressive and very encouraging offensive score for the Marseille season.

No action, no problem. Dominated during the first 30 minutes of the meeting, Andy Delort and Gaëtan Laborde did everything with next to nothing in the space of 5 minutes. First thanks to Delort who, on a superb daring rolled center, found the feet of Marseille rookie Luan Peres, who, put under pressure by Laborde, deceived his own goalkeeper by wanting to defend (30th). Four minutes later, the same Laborde attempted a center or rather a curled shot, he alone knows what he wanted to accomplish, which ended up in the top right corner of a static Steve Mandanda (34th). Two unexpected goals with a single shot on target in these first 45 minutes, which hid the failings of a defense, now orphaned by Vitorino Hilton and Daniel Congré, lacking benchmarks.

For this first in Ligue 1, Jorge Sampaoli has decided to line up a starting eleven without a real striker. A tactical choice that prevented the Marseillais from being dangerous in the opposing area in the first period. However, OM made the differences on their wings, thanks to recruits who were keen to show what they were worth on a field. Konrad de la Fuente on the left and Cengiz Ünder did a lot on the wings. And if they stumbled for a long time on a great Dimitry Bertaud, they finally found the fault on yet another breakthrough of De la Fuente who found the Turk at the far post to offer the first goal of the season to Marseille supporters (68th).

Released by the entry of Dario Benedetto in the 63rd, who took on the role of 9, Dimitri Payet turned the game around and offered the three points to OM. First on a free kick, well helped by a very poorly placed wall (75th), then on a solitary breakthrough, after a loss of Montpellier ball in the midfield, concluded by a low strike with finesse (80th) . In lack of finishing throughout the first period, OM found their killer in their leader Payet, who assumed, in all his splendor, his role as offensive boss. Between the promising beginnings of the winger duo and a very inspired Payet, all this without a true 9 for 60 minutes, Arkadiusz Milik still being injured in the knee, the OM version 2021/2022 delivered a thrilling first score, which confirms all the hopes placed in this workforce after the transfer window carried out by Pablo Longoria, chairman of the management board, this summer.

If the meeting was splendid sporting, the same cannot be said of the supporters present at the Mosson this evening. OM players were targeted by projectile throws. Valentin Rongier, substitute, was hit in the head by a bottle, at the time of Dimitri Payet’s second goal. After several warnings, the referees finally interrupted the game for ten minutes at the end of the match. The spectators are back in the stadiums, the excesses too.



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