Champions League: winner of Olympiakos, OM stops its black series

The nightmare finally stops for OM. It was about time, two days before the end of the Champions League group stage.

Facing Olympiakos on Tuesday, the Marseillais were more enterprising – but not transcendent either – than during their previous European outings. Good intentions but also a lot of coordination problems, especially in the pressing, sanctioned by a missile of Camara in the skylight of Steve mandanda at the half hour of play (0-1, 33rd). Hard to take, especially on the only offensive or almost of the Greeks.

In the second half, the planets aligned and penalties rained. The first, on a very good movement in relay of Florian Thauvin, does not suffer from any dispute (1-1, 55th). The second, on a hand of Rafinha in the area, more controversial (we leave the VAR only judge) (2-1, 75th). In both cases, Dimitri Payet came to clean Sa’s left window. Enough to wash away the contempt of the Olympians in a technically poor match. The last minutes under tension will make fear the worst but the score will not move any more. Marseille puts an end to the black series and finally unlocks its counter.

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André Villas-Boas has he found the right formula? By deciding to renew the eleven holder last weekend during the beautiful victory against Nantes (3-1), the Portuguese technician wanted to ride the thin wave of confidence stored by his group. Successful bet. Its 4-2-3-1 with Dario benedetto peak and Bouba Kamara and Valentin Rongier in midfield worked intermittently, but we saw more things. Behind, the covers were not perfect either, far from it, but the hinge Duje Caleta-CarAlvaro raised the bar in the second period. Nevertheless, reassuring signals.

And what about Dimitri Payet ? OM number 10 almost alone summed up the events of the evening. Not always brilliant in these decisions, not very prominent in the first act, he was able to take advantage of the two opportunities that were given to him to take his responsibilities. By scoring the first two goals of his Champions League career (in 20 games played, Editor’s note), the playmaker not only silenced the critics, he especially revived the hope of the C3. Because in the event of a better result than Olympiakos on the last day, Marseille will be in the Europa League. Small flat: when the Greeks receive Porto, the teammates of Reunion will go to Manchester to challenge City. Complicated mission.

“If we had shown that face since the start of the competition …”

After the final whistle at RMC Sport’s microphone, Dimitri Payet explained the desire to “redeem” themselves from the Olympians after a catastrophic campaign in C1. “We knew that tonight’s match could allow us to take three very important points. It also comes from the match we played against Nantes on Saturday, one of our best matches in terms of content. We tried to build on our strength. on that. “

Nonetheless, there is a mixed feeling for the French international (38 selections): “We are happy, we put an end to a rather long black series. But if we had shown this face from the beginning, we might not have been able to take useful points and we would perhaps fight for something else today (…) There is a match at (Manchester) City and to hope for good things, we will have to achieve a result there. “

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