The reaction of the Marseillais was expected after the defeat on the European scene on Wednesday. By winning 1-0 in Lorient this Saturday, they confirm that they know how to travel in Ligue 1.
The context. Trapped by Olympiakos (1-0) Wednesday in the Champions League, Olympique de Marseille moved to the promoted Lorient. The opportunity, despite very complicated weather conditions and good resistance from the Hake (who notably hit wood at the start of the second half on a shot from Boisgard), to continue his good series away from home. Winners (1-0), the Marseillais are now on a series of 12 games without defeat away in Ligue 1 (9 wins and 3 draws). At the same time, André Villas-Boas’ men achieved a great operation at the top of the ranking.
The fact of the match. While OM are jostled since the start of the second half, a long free kick from Florian Thauvin in the 54th minute, allows Leonardo Balerdi to stand out and deceive Nardi, who negotiates his intervention badly. Established during this trip to Lorient, the Argentine defender, who wore the Marseille jersey for the third time this season, took the opportunity to score his first goal in his new colors.
Man of the match. By finding Balerdi on the Marseille goal, Thauvin offered himself a 5th assist since the start of the season, becoming for the occasion the best passer in the championship ahead of Montpellier player Gaëtan Laborde. Since the opening of the championship, Thauvin, also author of 3 goals, has been involved in 8 of the 11 Marseille goals.
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