Marseille regains victory at the right time: just before regaining the Champions League, OM relearned how to win in Ligue 1 on Saturday against Bordeaux (3-1), coming back within reach of the podium during a worrying 7th day for Reims, weighed down by Lorient (3-1).
After a month of waiting and four matches without winning, the Marseillais ended up returning to success, which had eluded them since the stormy “clasico” won in Paris in mid-September (1-0).
In a Vélodrome behind closed doors due to a health curfew, OM won their first victory of the season at home. In addition, the team of André Villas-Boas took care of the way against Bordelais too quickly extinct.
Florian Thauvin, the man in form in Marseille (4 assists, 3 goals this season), opened the scoring with a clear shot in the skylight (5th), before missing a penalty caused by Jordan Amavi and stopped by the goalkeeper Benoît Costil (14th). But the world champion winger made up for it by depositing a free kick on the head of Amavi, scorer with a pretty lobed head (54th).
The Marseille side defender has also signed a full evening since he is the origin of the third goal, a powerful center-shot that Pablo deflected in his own cage (64th).
In short, it is a very clean copy for Marseille (12 pts) which goes back to provisional fifth place, three lengths from Paris SG (1st, 15 pts) and Rennes (2nd, 15 pts). Bodes well for “AVB” and his team before challenging Olympiakos on Wednesday in Greece for OM’s comeback in the Champions League, its first participation since 2013.
The only downside on the Marseille side: the injured outing of Croatian defender Duje Caleta-Car (87th), apparently injured in an ankle …
On the Bordeaux side, we saw too little and Jean-Louis Gasset’s bet to launch Hatem Ben Arfa holder from his very first match with the Girondins did not pay off.
The former Marseillais, recruited ten days ago to boost the Bordeaux game, believed to equalize by starting in the back of the defense but he was reported offside (17th). Lacking rhythm, he came out on time without being decisive, replaced by Josh Maja who saved the Bordeaux honor (83rd)