In difficulty at home at the start of the season, Olympique de Marseille largely won this Saturday night against Bordeaux (3-1), in a closed-door Velodrome. Bodes well four days before his return to the big European stage next Wednesday against Olympiakos.
What you must remember
The machine was jammed, it finally restarted. To celebrate his 43rd birthday and his 400th match on a professional bench, André Villas Boas is smiling again: after a sluggish start to the year, certainly marked by success on Parisian soil, OM have just signed their first home victory of the season, after a draw and two losses.
The Olympians opened the scoring on the first shot on target of the match, a strike admirably brushed by Florian Thauvin, not attacked 25 meters from the opposing goal (5th). The French international then missed the double, seeing his penalty rejected by Bordeaux captain Benoît Costil (14th).
Best defense in the championship before the match, the Bordeaux defense cracked twice in the second half, after a header from a free kick from Jordan Amavi (54th) and a goal against his camp from Pablo (64th), following a strike of the former Nice side defender. The Bordelais, very little inspired throughout the meeting, waited to be largely left behind to save the honor, through the incoming Josh Maja (83rd).
The player: Jordan Amavi
Head scorer, the Marseille side animated his lane offensively. Well shifted by his rookie Michael Cuisance, who celebrated his first appearance in the OM jersey, he is also involved in his team’s third goal. The 26-year-old defender’s run also allowed the Olympians to get a penalty, not transformed by Thauvin.
The ghost: Hatem Ben Arfa
Free, Hatem Ben Arfa signed up with the Girondins de Bordeaux a few days ago. He started this Saturday for the first time. He stood out with some nice moves and a goal denied for a slight offside. Released in the 66th minute, he will have to be seen again at work.
The number: 16
By stopping Florian Thauvin’s attempt, Benoît Costil has asserted himself a little more as one of the European specialists in penalties. The Girondin goalkeeper has arrested 16 since 2011. The French international is the most successful European goalkeeper in this exercise over the five major championships.
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