A red, goals refused, but on arrival, a goalless draw. Neither Marseille, in numerical superiority for more than half an hour, nor PSG, still author of a very average performance, was able to afford the closing Classic of this 11th day of Ligue 1, Sunday evening ( 0-0). Goals from Luan Peres against his own camp and from Arkadiusz Milik could have cleared the situation, but were refused for offside. Paris remains leader, OM are 4th, ten points behind their evening opponent.
Intensity, tension, and goals were expected. We had everything, except this last element. Usually so prolific at the Vélodrome – an average of 3.7 goals in the last 10 matches between the two teams in Marseille – this Classic never changed on Sunday night. He had the opportunities, however. After barely a quarter of an hour of play, Luan Peres showed clumsiness by clearing in his own goal a cross from Neymar (14th). Then Milik adjusted Keylor Navas lucidly on a cross from Pol Lirola (20th).
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1-1? No, still 0-0, since these two goals were canceled for offside. The Velodrome took a cold shower, then caught fire. But for nothing. PSG, who started with their “fantastic four” in front, then had the cartridges to lead to the break, but Lionel Messi stumbled on Pau Lopez with a header (26th) before missing the top window for a few centimeters (42nd) . A first act rather balanced in terms of frank situations, since Milik badly adjusted his head, yet found in an ideal position from the start of the match (3rd).
OM failed to support
But it is after returning from the locker room that this match could have really got carried away. Expelled for having hung Cengiz Ünder in the position of last defender, Achraf Hakimi left his team at ten for more than half an hour (57th). Paris fell back and lost the balloons more quickly. But OM did not support enough. Above all, he lacked madness. It managed too much. Ubiquitous, Valentin Rongier saw his head flirt with the frame (65th) while Konrad De La Fuente, completely alone at the far post, showed great clumsiness (77th).
Other than that, not much. The Marseille club will certainly have things to review in its management of numerical superiority, he who waited for the last seconds to frame his first strike. Paris will also be able to scratch its hair. From a Neymar still out of form, to the complementarity between the four offensive players, through sometimes disorderly pressing, there is work. By saving the draw, the Ile-de-France club has at least given itself the right to do so calmly.
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