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The shock: Marseille tasted success again

This OM-Lyon smells like sulfur. After four unsuccessful matches in Ligue 1, Marseille had to return to winning ways: done (1-0). In a tense match, Samuel Gigot headed in from a corner to give the Olympians the lead. The drafts, the Lyonnais never seemed capable of taking.

With this victory, OM avoided a crisis and returned to fourth place, one point behind Rennes. Before the truce, Igor Tudor’s men must play a new clash against Monaco.

Performance: Lens assumes its status

Facing a struggling Angers and Ligue 1 red lantern, Lens took their status as PSG runners-up. Clearly superior on paper, the Bloods and Gold are also on the ground without straining their talent. Lensois opened the scoring following a great collective move: Pereira Da Costa found Sotoca who crossed at the far post for Wesley Saïd to set up from the right (21st). Medina allowed Lensois to make a break (51st) then Lens was able to stop the Angevin burst created by Blazic’s goal (87th).

With this new victory, the fourth in a row, the Artésiens pointed to 33 points with six lengths ahead of the fourth. What is (really) the dream of Europe? “Obviously when we have 33 points at this time of the season, we can say that a European place is accessible,” Haise said at a press conference. The Bollaert stadium is waiting for that.

The counter-performance: Strasbourg sank in Ajaccio

A quarter of an hour. This is the time it took the Strasbourg to go up to Marseille by two goals on the 13th day, this is also the time it took them to fall in Ajaccio (4-2).

However, Julien Stephan’s men took a 2-0 lead thanks to a free kick from Bellegarde and a stung ball from Gameiro. But Karera was betrayed by its defense. Delaine’s first, guilty of a hand in the area and a shock to Belaïli’s knee to offer two penalties to the Algerian without being asked (33rd, 39th). After the rest of his rearguard, no one cares in front of the accelerations of Hamouma and Belaïli with the goals of El Idrissy (34th) and Nouri (45th +3).

The player: Neymar at the top

One goal, one assist and genius actions. Suspended against Juventus Turin in the Champions League, Neymar shone on Sunday in PSG’s victory in Lorient (2-1). After a mixed season, the Brazilian has certainly recaptured his old magic and has been involved in 20 goals this season in Ligue 1.

There are habits that do not deceive. First his touch that drives Mvogo into the sin and leads to the action of his goal full of technique and coolness (9th). Then his joy at Paris’ second goal after dropping the ball over Danilo’s head and allowing the Parisians to regain control of the match (81st). Lorient are just one Ligue 1 game away, but the former Barcelona man celebrated it as a decisive goal in the Champions League final. Brazilians can be sure that, 13 days before the start of the World Cup, their “Ney” is ready.

Number: 19

Like the amount of Lille shots against Rennes. Paulo Fonseca’s players dominated Rennes but they could not do better than a draw against Bruno Génésio’s (1-1). Certainly Mandanda made a handball error by releasing the ball in José Fonte’s goal (16th), but the Rennes goalkeeper then caught it well. The former Marseille hijacked the attempts of David, Bamba or André. And when he was beaten… he was saved three times by his uprights.

The statement:

Pallois’s reaction had dire consequences

Antoine Kombouaré knew this, the match against Reims changed in the 54th minute without Nicolas Pallois. Victim of the sole support of Kamory Doumbia, the Nantes defense looked nervous and was punished by the yellow card of Mr. Bouquet. A warning that cost him dear after twenty minutes when the former Bordeaux man uncharacteristically stopped Folarin Balogun. “He was reacting and probably claimed a yellow card and by claiming, he was warned. He didn’t have to react like that, he’s not young, he should have been careful… He had to stop the himself, because his reaction had dire consequences…” railed the Canaries coach. With this new defeat, Nantes remain in 16th place, a small point in front of the relegation zone.

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