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Against Olympique de Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappé was held in check (0-0), Sunday, on the lawn of Marseille during the 101st classic of the championship of France.
No winner in the classic OM-PSG (0-0), but Marseille can feed more regrets at the end of a match of crazy intensity and atmosphere, Sunday 24 October, at the Velodrome for the 11e day.
And this is a tenth year without a win for Olympique de Marseille at home against its great national rival. He ended twenty matches without success by winning at the Parc des princes last year (1-0), but can not do it in his boiling stadium.
However, OM played more than half an hour in numerical superiority, after the exclusion of Achraf Hakimi (57e), but failed to reward its wonderful audience (however twice called to order for throwing paper balls at Parisian corner shooters).
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The two teams split on a draw. Our Olympians will have had the best opportunities without being able to conclude.
– Olympique de Marseille (@om_officiel) October 24, 2021
Paris caracole still leads the championship
PSG, who record their first draw of the season in Ligue 1, remain leaders, ten lengths ahead of Marseille (4e), and seven in front of Lens (2e), but the construction of Mauricio Pochettino has hardly advanced, especially for the architecture of the MNM trio.
Lionel Messi off, Kylian Mbappé sluggish and Neymar surprisingly absent, the record of the Parisian stars is not terrible.
We’ve seen more video refereeing than the Parisian trio. VAR cooled the debates by cancelling two goals, one for each team, for questions of millimeters each time.
An arm of Neymar, centre-back for the “contre son camp” of Luan Perès, ill-inspired (14e), a knee from Pol Lirola, decisive passer for Arkadiusz Milik, who made the Velodrome explode with joy in the space of a few tens of seconds (21e).
VAR played a decisive role again when Benoît Bastien changed his mind and ruled out Achraf Hakimi, guilty of pushing at the entrance of the box (57e) Cengiz Under who ran to the goal.
Mauricio Pochettino did not touch his MNM and took out Angel Di Maria to bring in Thilo Kehrer at right-back in place of the Moroccan.
The OM frankly put the paw on the match, this time, but his chances were not sharp enough, as this header from Valentin Rongier on a good center from Dimitri Payet (65e).
A volley from Cengiz Under was also countered in a corner (75e), but the most beautiful action of the match is spoiled by Konrad de la Fuente, a completely top-notch recovery as he arrived alone at the second post (77e).
This match remains a good 0-0, played throughout in electric atmosphere, with a tifo “LFP merda” against the Professional Football League, allusion to the sanctions addressed this season to the Olympian club (travel bans or suspended withdrawal point after the incidents of Nice-OM).
The Stade Vélodrome roared with every interesting Marseille move, and still celebrated its players at the end for this second 0-0 of the week, after the one brought back from Rome against Lazio in the Europa League.
No goal and little opportunity
Even poor in goalscoring opportunities, the match was very contested. OM was more dangerous, but lacked realism, as is often the case. On the last action before half-time, Valentin Rongier dithered before hitting and was countered (45e+2).
And Paris lost Marco Verratti, touched and replaced by Idrissa Gana Gueye (45e+4). PSG scared the Velodrome on an acceleration of Mbappé, beautifully taken by William Saliba at the price of a slipped and risky tackle (84e).
The OM defense held up well, conceding very few spaces to the formidable Mbappé. She still made a fright by letting Lionel Messi, 1.69 m, take a ball of the head in the middle of four Marseille too static (26e), a ball slammed without difficulty by Pau Lopes.
The brilliant Argentine did not shine. Several times placed in his preferred position, by refocusing from the right, he hit too soft (35e), or next, on a combination in support of Mbappé, the one that had brought down ManCity (43e).
For his first clasico, Messi did not score any points in the race to the Golden Ball, whose votes closed on Sunday.