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Marseille and the misclassified are rebelling

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Marseille resumed its march forward by beating Sunday, October 20, Strasbourg, as many misclassified who rebelled on the occasion of the 10e Ligue 1 day, which followed the international truce.

Paris played and won the first Friday in Nice (4-1), and is the big winner of this autumn weekend which precedes the 3e Champions League day, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nantes, Angers, Bordeaux and Lille, the four direct pursuers of the PSG before this day, have all bitten the dust. The Parisians are therefore five points ahead of Nantes and seven on Reims.

This day was one of revolt: among the first eleven teams before the meetings, only Reims and Marseille have indeed managed to win, in addition to the PSG. The championship is a little closer, only six points separating Nîmes the barrage, from Marseille, at the foot of the podium and great beneficiary of the weekend to a week of the summit against Paris SG at Parc des Princes.

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Finally, OM marks the first

An early goal scored by Boubacar Kamara (3e) was enough, before a penalty late in the game (90e+5) transformed by Kevin Strootman, but Marseille did not shine in the rain and his attacking trio was a little inside. Thus, Dario Benedetto was not in a big night, but he still got the final penalty, hooking Mohamed Simakan on a cons. The Alsatian defender cut the Argentinian, and Strootman, in the absence of Dimitri Payet, suspended, shot. Among the other strikers, Valère Germain was too isolated and Nemanja Radonjic too greedy in hooks and inefficient. Too bad, because when the Serb played fast, he almost hit the mark. There was a subtle heelade for Duje Caleta-Car who had climbed up, the powerful strike of the Croatian defender crashing on the post (20).e). Then Radonjic sent a nice volley on the bar (55e).

In the second half, OM was no longer really dangerous, except for a shot by Saif-Eddine Khaoui (70s).e), or on a balloon conquered by Benedetto but saved by Lamine Koné just in front of Lopez (76e).

Finally, fortunately for the Marseillais, they managed their start. André Villas-Boas regretted that his team conceded too often the first goal? This time, she scored on her first action, by Kamara. One of the favorites of the Vélodrome celebrated in a good way his return of three suspension matches. And this time, the speaker was busy to make noise on his goal. His very first under the colors of Olympians, he had signed last season during the sad closed session against Bordeaux (1-0

Strasbourg, last after this defeat, would not have said no to a sluggish victory. But Racing was too content to keep the ball alive, with possession slightly higher than that of OM (53%). This scenario is enough for the happiness of the Phoenicians who climb to the 4e place with 16 points, as Angers they advance to the difference of goals.

Reims, winner Saturday of Montpellier (1-0), just ahead (3e, 17 points), a logical position with regard to its excellent results on the outside (victories in Marseille, Paris and Rennes).

Ben Yedder-Slimani: the Monegasque doublet that changes everything

By scoring twice against Rennes, the Monaco striker becomes the top scorer in Ligue 1 with eight goals on 20 October in Monaco.
By scoring twice against Rennes, the Monaco striker becomes the top scorer in Ligue 1 with eight goals on 20 October in Monaco. VALERY HACHE / AFP

Sunday also confirmed that Monaco currently has the most effective attack doublet of the Ligue 1: Wissam Ben Yedder and Islam Slimani are the pair, and the save double of the French international against Rennes (3-2) came to him give a smile after a dull Monday under the blue tunic against Turkey.

Here is Ben Yedder's top scorer in L1 with 8 goals, with Slimani posting 5 goals and 7 assists in 7 games! Monaco, 14e with 12 points, breathes a little better, when Rennes gets bogged down (12e with 12 points too).

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Sunday also confirmed the awakening of Saint-Etienne, where the beginnings of Claude Puel are idyllic. After the success in the derby against Lyon for taking office (1-0), Puel and his men made the round back to Bordeaux Sunday before winning on the wire in injury time, thanks to a penalty Denis Bouanga (90 + 3). Here are the Greens "new version" which slip in the first part of the ranking, the 10e rank with 14 points.

For Bordeaux – who could climb on the podium if successful – it is a stunt, doubled a blow. The Girondins have indeed lost on injury Laurent Koscielny shortly before the hour of play, touched on the right foot. After this defeat, Bordeaux remains at the top of the ranking, 6e with 15 points.

Unlike Lyon, still slow with the first game of Rudi Garcia on the bench against Dijon Saturday (0-0). The Lyonnais point to a sad 17e place, with 10 points and only one step ahead of Strasbourg, new red lantern.

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