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Facing Olympique de Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappé was held in check (0-0), Sunday, October 24, on the lawn of Marseille during the 101st classic of the French championship.
No winner in the classic OM-PSG (0-0), but Marseille can feed more regrets after a match of crazy intensity and atmosphere, Sunday, October 24, at the Vélodrome for the 11e daytime.
And here is a tenth year without a victory for Olympique de Marseille at home against its great national rival. He ended twenty unsuccessful matches by winning at the Parc des Princes last year (1-0), but did not succeed in his boiling stadium.
OM however 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 the Parisian corner shooters).
Paris still prances ahead of the championship
PSG, which recorded its first draw of the season in Ligue 1, remains leader, ten lengths ahead of Marseille (4e), and seven in front of Lens (2e), but Mauricio Pochettino’s work has hardly progressed, especially for the architecture of the MNM trio.
Lionel Messi extinct, Kylian Mbappé sluggish and Neymar surprisingly absent, the record of the Parisian stars is not terrible.
We have seen more video refereeing than the Parisian trio. The VAR cooled the proceedings by canceling two goals, one for each team, for questions of millimeters each time.
An arm of Neymar, centralizer for the “against his camp” of Luan Perès, badly inspired (14e), a knee of Pol Lirola, decisive passer for Arkadiusz Milik, who made the Velodrome explode with joy for a few tens of seconds (21st).
The VAR still played a decisive role when Benoît Bastien changed his mind and excluded Achraf Hakimi, guilty of having pushed to the entrance to the area (57e) Cengiz Under who was rushing to goal.
Mauricio Pochettino did not touch his MNM and took out Angel Di Maria to bring in Thilo Kehrer at the right-back position instead of the Moroccan.
OM frankly put their foot on the game this time, but their chances were not sharp enough, like this uncrossed header from Valentin Rongier on a good cross from Dimitri Payet (65e).
A volley from Cengiz Under was also blocked for a corner (75e), but the best action of the match was spoiled by Konrad de la Fuente, a completely topée recovery when he arrived alone at the far post (77e).
This match remains a good 0-0, played throughout in an 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 Nice-OM incidents).
The Stade Vélodrome roared with every move Marseille a little interesting, and all the same celebrated its players at the end for this second 0-0 of the week, after that brought back from Rome against Lazio in the Europa League.
Even poor in scoring chances, the match was hotly contested. OM were more dangerous, but lacked realism, as they often do. On the last action before half-time, Valentin Rongier procrastinated before hitting and was countered (45e+2).
And Paris lost Marco Verratti, touched and replaced by Idrissa Gana Gueye (45e+4). The PSG scared the Vélodrome on an acceleration of Mbappé, magnificently taken up by William Saliba at the cost of a slippery and risky tackle (84e).
OM’s defense held up well, conceding very few spaces to the formidable Mbappé. She still frightened herself by letting Lionel Messi, 1.69 m, catch a ball with his head in the middle of four too static Marseillais (26e), a ball slammed without difficulty by Pau Lopes.
The brilliant Argentinian did not shine. Several times placed in his preferential position, by refocusing from the right, he hit too soft (35th), or next to it, on a combination resting on Mbappé, the one which had brought down ManCity (43rd).
For his first clasico, Messi did not score any points in the race for the Ballon d’Or, whose votes ended on Sunday.