The expulsion of Benjamin André in the first period marks the turning point of this meeting with OM, a meeting which had however started well for the Mastiffs, with a goal scored almost at the start of the match. At ten, the Lille will do better than resist even if the Marseillais will end up scoring and equalizing the score.
At eleven against eleven, the Northerners, reigning French champions, were able to attack this meeting well and quickly found the flaw in the game of their Marseille opponent. AT the 15th, Sven Botman opened the scoring with a header from a corner kick by Renato Sanchez. A good start to the meeting which will come to an end with this red card for Benjamin André, the middle groundnot, which mows down a player from the opposing team at the entrance to the area.
An expulsion that will completely change the situation for the Mastiffs. A card criticized by the LOSC coach. « At 11 against 11, I think we were above », says Jocelyn Gourvennec. « Lexclusion is extremely severe, extremely severe », repeats the coach. « This is not not in the spirit of the game to show a red card after 32 minutes. »
At ten, the LOSC resists the Marseille assaults for an hour but finishedyou by conceding a goal to Marseille, who will not have been able to take advantage of their numerical superiority.
« We caused a lot of problems in Marseille », judges the LOSC coach. « We closed the axis, we oriented them aside (…) it remains a positive evening, in a context and a scenario against us », he concludes.
Same analysis of midfielder Amadou Onana. « Playr for an hour at 10, it’s not not easy », he explains, « but we showed a very good face. We remained united, we suffered together, but for me it just proves to me that we are a team.
A team of which one of the players will have had to face the anger of the Marseille public. Booed by OM supporters because of his performance, Renato Sanchez gave them the middle finger at the end of the match.
At 29 points, Lille still remain in the middle of the standings in tenth place. In addition, the transfer of Hatem Ben Arfa would be imminent. the striker, whose contract in Bordeaux ended last summer, could therefore arrive in the North, with the line of sight, the knockout stages of the Champions League.