Beaten by OM, OL have let fourth place slip away and have relaunched OM in the race for fifth place and a ticket for Europe… OL were penalised for their defensive lapses…
The stakes were clear for the two sides ahead of this 102nd Olympico. OM needed to win to keep their European hopes alive. OL, with five points up their sleeve, could cement their place on the continent next season and keep pressure on fourth placed Saint-Etienne…
From kick-off OL went close to opening the scoring! OL were getting forward quickly at the first opportunity. OM were struggling in the opening exchanges. But from a Payet free-kick, Diawara, completely unmarked, headed the ball home beyond a desparing Lopes. A costly mistake…
OL were making too many mistakes to cause OM any real problems and a confident OM were rewarded with a second goal from Thauvin's header from a Morel cross! OM were well-organised and hungrier than OL. OL had no answers… impatient… too many long balls. But five minutes before the break, Mvuemba picked up possession and scored a wonderful long-range bomb passed Mandanda. The perfect time to score to get back into the game. OL fought back and OM looked vulnerable, but Payet still drew a fine save from Lopes. OL were in the match at half-time, despite their poor start. It was a lively opening 45 minutes.
The second half started with a superb ball over the top from Cheyrou to Gignac, who beat the offside trap, and scored at the second attempt through the middle of the OL defence! Gignac almost added another before Gonalons last-ditch tackle. But it only forestalled the inevitable as Lopes saved two more shots from the OM No.9 before Gignac finally got his second. OM had OL on the canvas. Briand replaced Fékir.
Grenier made his return from injury, replacing a very surprised Bisevac... Gonalons moved into central defence for the last 20 minutes. OL went on the attack looking for a way back into the game. But they were forced to try their luck from distance, as Lacazette showed. In the end it was Gomis who scored, 10 minutes from the end. OL pushed; OM sat deeper and deeper… But there was no further scoring.
It was not a good result for OL at the Vélodrome, nor was it a good performance. Les Verts have got a jump on them in the race for fourth, while Les Phocéens are back in the hunt for fifth...
In Marseille, Stade Vélodrome, 45,000 spectators ; Referee: Mr Jaffredo. OM 4-2 OL (Half-time: OM 2-1 OL)
OM: Mandanda – Dja Djédjé, Nkoulou, Diawara (Imbula 86'), Morel – Romao, Be. Cheyrou – Payet (Fanni 78') – Thauvin (Valbuena 73'), A. Ayew – Gignac. Coach: Anigo.
OL: A. Lopes – Tolisso, Bisevac (Grenier 66'), Umtiti, Bedimo – Gonalons (cap), Ferri, Mvuemba, Fékir (Briand 57') – Lacazette, Gomis. Coach: Garde.
Goals: Diawara (OM) 14', Thauvin (OM) 26', Mvuemba (OL) 40', Gignac (OM) 48', 57', Gomis (OL) 82'.
Bookings: Romao (OM) 33'; Grenier (OL) 87'