The third consecutive draw in the OM L1, conceded Sunday against Rennes, leaving Marseille out of the podium. In this championship still very tight, Rennes also tramples.
After dominating a half-time each, Olympique Marseille and Rennes did not separate (1-1), Sunday, September 29 for the 8e day of Ligue 1, and continue to advance with the handbrake.
Glass half empty or half full for OM? André Villas-Boas's team no longer wins but has not lost since the first day and remains the only L1 with only one defeat on the clock. His current series of three draws made him go down to the 5e place, but the many absences, Alvaro and Florian Thauvin injured, Dimitri Payet and Boubacar Kamara suspended, tempered the judgment.
The Stade Rennais (8eHe remains on six games without a win, including the Europa League, before heading to Lazio Rome on Thursday. But the draw is just between two teams who have each won a half-time, the Bretons thanks to Mbaye Niang (19e), the Provençals with the first goal of Duje Caleta-Car for OM (52e).
Rennais dominators in the first act
Side game, the first half of the OM is a bit disturbing, and the first tenure of Valentin Rongier, instead of Maxime Lopez, was not very bleeding. But the former Nantais has recovered well, as his team, after the break.
More enterprising, Rennes has logically opened the scoring thanks to an overflow of his captain, Damien Da Silva, whose center back was cut by Mbaye Niang. The Senegalese international beat Hiroki Sakai, who deflected the ball.
The Marseillais, preceded on many balloons, suffered in the first period. Jordan Amavi, caught by the Vélodrome for a while already, has missed many gestures, triggering each time whistles. The stadium shouted with joy when André Villas-Boas took it out at the break for Nemanja Radonjic, Hiroki Sakai taking his left-back position and Bouna Sarr coming down the right lane.
This change probably does not explain everything, but OM came back much more aggressive cloakroom, like the rage of Duje Caleta-Car to finally score his first goal Olympian, a head uncrossed on a corner from Bouna Sarr. And the corner was won by incoming Radonjic.
On the prowess of a double rescue of Steve Mandanda in front of Adrien Hunou (85), the song of the Marseilles captain sounded, for the first time since a long time: "He Fenomeno Mandanda! " The Marseille public obviously preferred to judge the glass half full, but it would be necessary for OM to learn how to win to resume its march to the podium.