Marseille offered themselves some respite by finding victory in a big clash against Lyon (1-0), a rebound that put OM in 4th place in the Ligue 1 standings, still leading also after 14 days of Paris SG , winner in Lorient (2-1) on Sunday.
The Stade Vélodrome, very vengeful to the players and especially to the coach Igor Tudor after the European defeat against Tottenham – 2-1 loss and elimination from all European cups -, will undoubtedly not support the fifth defeat in six against.
Against OL, their level rivals, Marseille regained some of their attacking momentum, with the first period still impressive, often, and the second half again less solid.
But this time, the Marseille club continued, grabbing the first victory since October 12 and victory in Lisbon against Sporting (2-0) in the Champions League. Since then, Marseille have kept four losses and one draw.
Everything is not perfect for OM, but the intentions shown at home should offer some respite to Tudor, especially since the latter decided to relaunch the local idol Dimitri Payet, who joined at the end of the game.
But it will be necessary to confirm Sunday in Monaco (5th), which is close to him in the standings with as many points but a lower goal difference. A new big challenge, as the Monegasques showed good things in Toulouse by winning 2-0 on Sunday.
OL, for their part, received their second defeat in the Laurent Blanc era and remained in 8th place, still behind.
In the distance, the leader of Paris did the work in Lorient, without shining.
Without Lionel Messi preserved due to inflammation of the Achilles tendon, PSG still rely on Neymar to win against the surprise team this Ligue 1 season.
The Brazilian, “blameless” since the start of the summer according to his coach Christophe Galtier, scored his eleventh goal of the season (9th) before offering an assist to Danilo Pereira (81st), his ninth from at the opening of the French Championship.
“Our survival comes from the players’ desire to find success”, acknowledged Galtier, without hiding a certain “detention” observed among candidates for selection for Mondial-2022, which will begin in two weeks.
Paris regained its five-point lead in the standings against Lens, winning Saturday in Angers (2-1). Lorient (27 points) slipped to sixth place after its second straight defeat.
Rennes miracle at Lille
Ahead of the Marseille-Monaco-Lorient trio, Stade Rennes (3rd, 28 pts) picked up just one point on Sunday in Lille, but they will be content here.
Because the Bretons, so dangerous in recent weeks in the league, clearly suffered against Lille. Losc, who could not find success despite a post from Djalo and numerous chances, often faced a heroic Steve Mandanda towards the end of the game.
The Rennes goalkeeper, still hoping to feature in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad on Wednesday, made up for it, after unleashing a harmless ball into José Fonte’s goal (16th). Benjamin Bourigeaud equalized with a generous penalty (58th).
“It’s difficult, it’s not the first game we can’t kill
», apologized to the microphone of Canal + Jonathan David, the Lille striker, still seventh in the standings.
The good continues, Clermont sells
OGC Nice, a candidate like Monaco and Rennes for European places but less prominent at the beginning of the season, continued its revival by winning against Brest (1-0) thanks to Gaëtan Laborde, who deflected a strike from Sofiane Diop. Niçoi took ninth place with this second consecutive victory.
Tied on points with Nice, Clermont (10th) for its part missed an important chance to breathe fresh air by accepting a draw against Montpellier (1-1): the Auvergnats can blame themselves for missing two penalties.
Finally, Nantes, reduced to ten and tired in their Europa League match on Thursday in Greece (2-0 victory over Olympiakos), was defeated by Reims (1-0) and has only one point. advance to the red zone.