The great operation of OM, solid second after their victory in Rennes
The match: 0-1
OM had just had a nightmarish week, between a slap inflicted by PSG (0-3) and an exit from the road in the Coupe de France against Annecy (2-2, 6-7 on pens), but the Olympians were smiling again this Sunday evening and Igor Tudor could scream his joy at the final whistle. Well Named. Because its players have carried out a superb operation in the race for the Champions League by going to win in Rennes (1-0).
Monaco clinging to Troyes (2-2), Lille and Lens having been neutralized (1-1), the Phocaeans had the opportunity to widen the gap on their competitors and they did not miss this opportunity. After taking the match by the right end, like this double opportunity from the first minute or this stoppage of Mandanda in front of Clauss (12th), the Marseillais were also hot at times.
But Pau Lopez intervened in front of Kalimuendo (29th) then Toko Ekambi (31st), and he had been saved before by his crossbar on a shot from Gouiri (15th). If the match fell in intensity after a promising start, OM used their experience to make the difference with a free kick quickly played and concretized by Kolasinac (57th, see below).
Quickly deprived of Doku through injury (26th), Rennes tried to push to equalize. In vain. With this result, OM now have a four-point lead over Monaco and Lens, and are once again firmly established in second place in Ligue 1. Fifth at nine behind their visitors of the day, the Bretons have, of their side, picked up in the race for the C1.
The fact: the free kick full of mischief from OM
The score was still 0-0 when this meeting changed to a free kick very quickly played by OM, just before the hour mark (57th). Located right axis, at the entrance to the surface, Rongier has indeed decided to quickly play the set piece. While the Rennais were not all in position, the Olympian captain launched Ünder into the depths, behind the Breton wall.
From the right wing, the Turk sent a perfect low cross for Kolasinac, unmarked and quicker to cut the trajectory of the ball and beat Mandanda. The Bosnian’s fourth goal of the season could play a key role in that of his team.
By winning at Roazhon Park, Marseille won their seventh away victory in Ligue 1.