OM sunk against Frankfurt

OM sunk against Frankfurt

It was supposed to be a party. And then fate decided otherwise. Overwhelmed by an unlucky goal and missed frames, the Marseillais lost their second C1 game, against Frankfurt, in a seething Vélodrome. But who deserved better.


Olympique de Marseille 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Goal: Lindstrom (43me)

The Mistral shot in Marseille. After a historic start to the season, OM faced the reception of Eintracht Frankfurt with confidence. Maybe a little too much. Beaten by the Eagles at a scratch from Lindström, the Marseilles never knew how to raise their heads in a game in which we rarely saw their true face. Between technical clumsiness, losing duels and impatience, Igor Tudor’s men slipped away before a more successful opponent, serene, but not at all brilliant. Solid defensively, Eintracht Frankfurt tore down the Velodrome. After two days, OM is the only last one in group D.

Kolo Muani in all the right moves

Was the pressure too great for Igor Tudor’s men? In a red-hot Velodrome, especially after the incidents between the German car park and the north bend, the atmosphere was electric in any case. What inhibits Olympic athletes? His shoulders looked heavy in any case, unlike those of an Eintracht Frankfurt who came into play at one level, quickly pushing the OM to its limits. Kings of duels since the start of the season, the Marseillais have found a responder. Pushed, then they failed technically on several occasions, which destroyed a good number of opportunities in the first half. Alexis Sánchez scored the first goal several times (12me18me38me), while Payet was also able to free the Vélodrome with a covered shot (32me). But the Olympic spikers didn’t have the fire in their legs that Randal Kolo Muani had. The former Nantes player did damage on every ball touched and, with a little conviction, he was even able to open the scoring with a long shot after a solitary feat (25me). Failing that, it caused Veretout’s error. In an apparently innocuous center after a turnover by Bailly, the Marseillais missed his intervention and offered an unexpected pass to Lindström, alone in the area, which was enough for him (1-0, 43me).

Sánchez, Gerson and Payet, losing trio

Undermined by an attacking trio alongside his crampons, OM returned from the locker room with his head in the bucket. And it was Eintracht who almost doubled down, before Igor Tudor reacted. The Croatian did not hesitate to bring out Sánchez, Payet and Gerson, each one more disappointing than the other, to give his men ideas. A profitable choice, as the entrances of Harit, Ünder and Suárez immediately reinvigorated OM. Clauss ran into Trapp twice (60me66me), before Suárez eats the plate only at the penalty spot (70me). Then, Pau López saved OM twice (75me80me), before it was the VAR that canceled a goal by Kamada against the clock (79me). A fictitious pawn that has also triggered umpteenth incidents between the German parking lot and the north curve, despite the calls for calm from the two Francophones and German speakers. While calm returned with difficulty in the stands, OM pushed on the grass. Jordan Veretout was trying from afar (88me), while six minutes of additional time were announced. But tonight it cost more to OM, who lacked everything, and who could have played all night without finding the flaw. Bottom of their group after two matchdays, the Foceans will have to react in the double confrontation against Sporting, Tottenham’s top scorer and leader of the group. A brutal return to earth for OM. Olympique de Marseille (3-4-2-1): Pau López-Bailly (Guendouzi, 65 years old)me), Balerdi, Leg – Tavares, Veretout, Rongier, Clauss – Gerson (Harit, 59me), Payet(Under, 59me) – Sanchez (Luis Suarez, 59me). Coach : Igor Tudor.

Eintracht Frankfurt (3-4-3): Trapp – Nicka, Hasebe, Tuta – Knauff, Kamada (Dina Hebimbe, 88)me), Cerda, Jakic-Götze (Rode, 71me), Lindström, Kolo Muani (Alario, 88me). Coach : Oliver Glasner.

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