Kolasinac does it again, Bretons without reaction
TOPS/FLOPS – OM found their smiles again by offering themselves a precious success on the lawn of Rennes (0-1). Find the Tops and Flops of this clash of 26e Ligue 1 day.
Kolasinac, a goal worth gold for OM
At its worst after his missed header against Tottenham in the Champions League in November, Sead Kolasinac was able to recover from this failure and now appears as an essential element of the Marseille defense. Solid on the lawn of Roazhon Park, he was able to resist Doku’s accelerations at the start of the match and did not hesitate to project himself forward. And as in Monaco before the international break (2-3), the Bosnian defender took it upon himself to offer OM a precious victory against a direct competitor. Forgotten by an apathetic Rennes defense on a quickly played free kick, he had no trouble pushing the ball into the empty goal.
During an intense and lively first period, Rennes had several good chances to open the scoring. But the Marseillais could count on a great Pau Lopez. The Marseille goalkeeper, saved by his bar on a strike from Gouiri (15e), showed off his talent by intervening brilliantly in front of Kalimuendo (29e) and Toko-Ekambi (31e). Much less involved after the break, he ensured the success of his team by capturing a final whim from Theate after additional time (90th + 4). A last intervention celebrated as a goal by the staff and the Olympian supporters.
Rennes’ bad second half
After a laborious start in this match, Rennes gained momentum during the first act. Before completely thwarting the return from the locker room. The Breton club conceded a very avoidable opener, being surprised by a free kick quickly played by OM. Much too apathetic about this decisive action, the Rouge et Noir then made a string of technical errors, and waited until the very end of the match to put real pressure on the Olympian managers. A reaction finally too shy and late.
Guendouzi on a bad night
As often against a high-caliber opponent, Igor Tudor decided to field Mattéo Guendouzi in a more attacking role. But after a good start, marked by a nice pass on the occasion of Clauss (12e), the former Arsenal player disappeared from circulation in the first half. Not influential enough in the game, but also too nervous. His shortcomings and his challenges to the refereeing body prompted the Marseille coach to replace him with Malinovskyi at the break.
Doku, that’s a lot!
Cut in its tracks. One more time. In form in recent weeks and logically taken back to his right lane, Jérémy Doku has again been betrayed by his physique. The Belgian international, an uncertain time due to knee pain, had to leave his partners after only twenty-five minutes of play, hit in the thigh. Already the 20-year-old’s eighth injury since arriving in Brittany. A physique that is too fragile which prevents him from settling down and stringing together good performances over time.