Traveling to Abbé Deschamps on Saturday, the Marseillais provided the essentials against Auxerre (2-0), four days before their first Champions League match in London against Tottenham. In view of this deadline, Igor Tudor had decided to rotate. Thus, Luis Suarez, who had asked for more playing time lately, was aligned at the top and Issa Kaboré had his first tenure on the right of the Marseille defense in place of … Nuno Tavares, replaced by Jonathan Clauss , shifted to the left this Saturday.
It was also the former Lensois, released at half-time in favor of the Portuguese, who was the first to alert Benoît Costil after being found on a long ball from Cengiz Ünder (3rd). The Turk was then responsible for Marseille’s first goal four minutes later. His shot from a tight angle pushed back by the post was picked up by Gerson, very frustrated to go out just before the hour mark.
OM dominated the first period against Auxerrois who never got any real chances, except for a few crosses for no one or cut off by the Marseille defense.
The first thrill in the Marseille ranks came fifteen minutes after the start of the second act when Gauthier Hein left alone against Pau Lopez before being picked up in extremis by Leonardo Balerdi. Paul Joly, not very well marked by Valentin Rongier, then crossed his head too much to deceive the Spanish goalkeeper. In the aftermath, Nuno Tavares put the pressure back in front of the Auxerre goal by finding Costil’s post from outside the area. On the rebound, Alexis Sanchez, just returned, failed to widen the gap on the scoreboard. The Chilean did not let go, however. He was the author of the goal of the break, well served back by Mattéo Guendouzi in the surface of AJA (84th). Unfortunately for the Marseillais, El Nino Maravilla, excluded in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Liverpool with Inter Milan last season, will be suspended on Wednesday against Tottenham.
AJ Auxerre’s last success against Marseille in Ligue 1 dates back to Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Dennis Oliech scored twice (41st, 79th) on the lawn of the Stade Vélodrome (2-0, 19th day).
The player: Luis Suarez did not convince
Called to replace Alexis Sanchez at the forefront of the OM attack, Luis Suarez did not really make Abbé Deschamps talk about him. In a Marseille attack that clearly leaned to the left this Saturday with the replacement of Clauss, the Colombian had only one opportunity to get his teeth into it, a pivot shot at close range directly on Costil (75th). The former Granada has not often combined, apart from a one-two with Chancel Mbemba whose shot too crossed went in goal exit shortly before halftime. Ten minutes from the end of the meeting, he gave way to Amine Harit.