Ligue 1: PSG pushes OM and offers itself the 100th Classic
A week after the incidents caused by supporters at the Commanderie and the resignation of his coach André Villas Boas, Olympique de Marseille is not yet ready to take its head out of the water. The Marseille club lost at the Vélodrome against the Parisian rival during the symbolic 100th Classic in history (0-2), at the same time linking up a 7th consecutive game without a win in all competitions (2 draws, 5 defeats).
The suspense ended
Despite good intentions, especially in terms of pressing, OM were cooled from the start by a realistic PSG. Eight minutes of play was enough for the men to Mauricio Pochettino to open the scoring, on a school cons after a corner in favor of Marseille. Shifted to the left side and flashed at nearly 36 km / h, Kylian Mbappé left no chance at the return of Hiroki sakai to adjust Steve mandanda (8 ‘), consolidating his place as top scorer in the championship with 16 goals.
The break came only fifteen minutes later. In an unconventional way, Mauro icardi deflected a crossAlessandro Florenzi from the back, the ball taking a diabolical trajectory to lob the opposing goalkeeper despite the very narrow angle (23 ‘). If the men of the temp Nasser Larguet did not give up, offering themselves some hot situations in the surface of Sergio Rico, the Parisian hold was never close to giving way. And this is an important element for a customary PSG of power cuts at the end of the game, nine days before the knockout stages of the Champions League at Camp Nou against Barça.
Di Maria touched
Only downside, and not the least, the exit on injury ofAngel di Maria after his decisive pass for Mbappé after 10 minutes of play, visibly affected in the thigh. But in terms of its ambitions in Ligue 1, the capital club provided the essentials after the pressure put by Lyon, Lille and Monaco, its direct competitors at the top of the championship, all winners this weekend. Paris remains 3rd and is three points behind the Lille leader, 14 days from the end of the season.
In addition to the defeat, Marseille will for its part have to do without Dimitri Payet at least in the next game. The latter was sent off at the very end of regulation time for a bad gesture on Marco veratti. Even if the Phocéens still have two games late to play, they are already 15 points behind fourth Monaco and find themselves in a mediocre 9th place in the standings.