OM have it, their precious success in the race for the Champions League. Struggling at home, the Olympians overcame OGC Nice (2-1) in a gala Velodrome.
In the first half, Marseille overpowered, but Marseille did not dominate. The pattern was the one expected: OM hold the ball, Nice evolve against. And the Olympians were almost surprised by Stengs on a cross from Bard (24th). The only Nice shot of this first period. Because the first 45 minutes were to the advantage of the Marseillais. With 81% possession in the first 20 minutes, Marseille did not hold the ball, they confiscated it.
Then, OM kept the leather less and yet they multiplied the chances through Saliba (27th), Milik (30th), Ünder (35th) and Payet (39th, 41st). By dint of pushing, the Olympians were rewarded. Ünder mowed down by Todibo in the area, it was Milik who took the responsibility of taking the penalty. The Pole took Benitez on the wrong foot and the Vélodrome, already erupting, exploded (45th + 3).
The second act of this match was very different from the first. In addition to not having mastered the debates, OM retreated, the match in Basel on Thursday perhaps starting to weigh on the legs. The people of Nice did not need to be asked and multiplied the opportunities. Neither Stengs (61st), nor Gouiri (62nd, 77th) nor Delort (64th) managed to find the frame. On his only intervention, Pau Lopez was vigilant in the feet of the Algerian international (71st). But the Spanish goalkeeper finally had to bow in added time when Mario Lemina cut a free kick from Kluivert (90th + 2).
Equalization? No. Because a few minutes earlier, Cédric Bakambu (entered the game in the 88th) had scored the goal of the break from the head on a perfect service from Gerson (89th). A nice gift for his 100th match in the French top flight.
This is the 8th consecutive match in Ligue 1 where OM have conceded at least one goal. The last clean sheet dates back to February 22 in Lens (2-0).