Ligue 1: OM win a spectacular match in Lorient and continue their comeback

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2023-12-11 01:32:34

Olympique de Marseille has once again become a spectacular team. In Lorient, the Phocéens triumphed (4-2) in a very lively match, Sunday evening at the end of the 15th day of Ligue 1. The man in form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a double, allowing the Marseillais to continue a fourth victory in all competitions, with 13 goals scored in total. They are now 6th in Ligue 1, four points from 4th place, qualifying for the Champions League play-offs.

Once again freed offensively by the 3-5-2, the Olympians created a large number of situations, mainly in the first period (17 shots at the break). Staying at the forefront after a corner, Chancel Mbemba opened the scoring from the start (3rd, 0-1), before offering the second goal to Aubameyang with a cross from the right (9th, 0-2). Very inspired against a defense at bay, OM missed several opportunities to triple the lead, before Leonardo Balerdi managed to do so with a header from a corner (33rd, 0-3).

7 goals in 4 games for Aubameyang

Aubameyang, served in depth by Jordan Veretout, closed this offensive festival of the first act from the left (42nd, 1-4). Very inspired since the transition to two points, the Gabonese is on a series of seven goals in four matches. His sidekick Vitinha does not have the same success, but has proven useful in his deflection game.

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OM were right to flare up in the first act, as the second half was completely Lorient. The Merlus, often clumsy but who cannot be blamed for lacking desire, believed in a formidable comeback. The first reduction in the score, by Romain Faivre (41st, 1-3) was wiped out by the fourth goal straight away, but the second, by Benjamin Mendy (52nd, 2-4) came in the middle of a strong moment Morbihannais.

Lorient dives

The former French international, acquitted last summer after several accusations of rape and attempted rape, unlocked his counter against his former club (2013-2016), on the evening of his first start with Lorient. Mendy was helped by a hand fault from Pau Lopez, much more inspired a few moments later in front of Montassar Talbi, after a ball pushed back on his line by Renan Lodi. The exclusion of Jonathan Clauss (80th), symbol of a very committed game (five yellows for Lorient, three for Marseille), was not enough.

The Merlus actually started from too far and paid for their defensive naivety. Now the worst rearguard in the elite (29 goals conceded), Lorient has only won twice this season and is more of a barrage than ever, with 12 points. And its only two pursuers in the standings, Clermont and Lyon, each took points on Sunday.

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