OM confirm their difficulties in pre-season matches. After two defeats against Norwich and Middlesbrough, the Olympians conceded a draw against Real Betis (1-1). Too little dangerous offensively, the players of Igor Tudor often lacked precision in the last gestures to undermine a defense well in place. Arkadiusz Milik however found the net to give his side the advantage (1-0, 87th) before Rodri Sanchez equalized with a header (1-1, 90th).
On the lawn of the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield, Marseille has long remained in line with its last two outings. With five starting rookies at kick-off (Blanco, Mbemba, Gigot, Touré, Clauss and Suarez), the Olympians certainly tried to play vertically. But it lacked rhythm in the transmissions and the Olympians were too imprecise as they approached the goal from Rui Silva then Dani Martin. The joint entries of Bakambu, Milik and Gerson on the hour mark restored momentum while Clauss was active in his right lane for his first.
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Gerson thus forced Dani Martin to a crucial save with a curling shot from the left (65th) then Bakambu missed the target on a point-blank header (81st). After 267 minutes without scoring a single goal, we shouldn’t have expected anything sensational. So when Bakambu’s cross was put away by Lirola, Milik saw the ball bounce off his thigh and finish in the back of the net (1-0, 87′). The bottle doesn’t matter, as long as you’re drunk, the people of Marseilles will say. But the drunkenness was short-lived as Rodri Sanchez headed in a cross from Joaquin to deceive Ngapandouetnbu a few minutes later (1-1, 90th).
The 19-year-old goalkeeper replaced Pau Lopez (69th), who himself replaced Ruben Blanco at halftime. But the holder of last season was injured and, on the side of Canebière, we now hope that it will not be too serious. The Spanish goal was followed by a heated discussion between Guendouzi and Joaquin before Guardado came to pull the Frenchman’s hair, causing a general altercation. And it was in confusion that this match ended. Italian champions AC Milan are now on the horizon on Sunday at the Velodrome.
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