Pitted against Lens at the Velodrome on Sunday evening at the close of the 8th day of Ligue 1, OM’s ambition was to consolidate its place as dauphin. Nevertheless, at the end of a spectacular match, the Olympique de Marseille recorded his first loss of the season…
OM stumbles against Lens
Enticing on paper given the start of the season of both formations, the OM – Lens poster has kept all its promises. Marseille and Lensois gave a quality show to the 48,000 spectators present at the Stade Vélodrome.
From the first minutes of play, the tone was indeed set by the Sang et Or who opened the scoring in the 9th minute thanks to a penalty from Florian Sotoca. Then came a crazy end to the first period. First marked by a second goal for RC Lens, scored by Przemyslaw Frankowski (27′). Before the locals woke up an entire stadium through Dimitri Payet, who by offering himself a double (33rd, 45+3rd) allowed his club to return to the height of his opponent at the break. That said, despite an excellent start to the second half where Cengiz Under found the bar, the Olympique de Marseille ended up getting punished. Lens won a prestigious success thanks to a third goal scored by Wesley Said (71′).
Marseille in a loss of speed
Held in check by Angers (0-0) in midweek, then defeated (2-3) by Lens this weekend, the Olympique de Marseille is experiencing its first dieting drop of the season. As a result, with only one point taken in the last two league days, OM lost its status as a dauphin. Jorge Sampaoli’s players actually fell back to the third step of the podium. Despite one game less, the Phocéens now point to a length of RC Lens (2nd), while PSG is already 10 points ahead at the top of the standings.
On the next day, the Phocaean club will go to the lawn of the reigning French champion, Lille, to try to raise the head and restart a series. But before that, Jorge Sampaoli’s side face Galatasaray on Thursday in the second leg of the Europa League group stage.