"LA BONNE MERE" WATCHING OVER OM

17 apr 2010 Par 
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OM won the match in the last seconds, thanks to a penalty fired home by Taiwo. Blayac had equalised in the 82nd minute, replying to a Valbuena goal. The Olympians maintain their five point lead.
BOULOGNE 1-2 OM
0-1: Valbuena (44')
1-1: Blayac (82')
1-2: Taiwo (90'+4, pen.)

This year, there is not just the star on OM’s jersey, there is another which is shining brightly in the Olympian sky. Let’s hope that it continues to watch over Didier Deschamps’s men for another month. It’s not that they stole the victory at the Stade de la Libération. 11 shots against 3, the great majority of the chances, there is no comparison if we stick strictly to the statistics or the easy time that the OM defence had during three quarters of the match.
[IMG44749#R]But this is how the match panned out, even though there was nothing to suggest this ending. When Boulogne equalised with only ten minutes to go, it seemed as if OM had passed up a good opportunity to keep their distance from the chasing pack and that the long bus drive (14 hours) to Marseille was not going to be particularly festive.
To well understand the frustration which was starting to grow in the OM ranks, we need to go back to the first half of the match. The first forty five minutes were relatively quiet, but Valbuena (suspended on Wednesday) showed the break had done him good. He was at the conclusion of OM’s best three chances, the midfielder sent one into the crowd, the 2nd hit the post and the third scraped the woodwork. The latter two opportunities were very similar (except in their outcome) built up by a triangle Lucho-Niang-Valbuena. The last one was the one that worked flying in off the post and leaving Bédénik no chance.

The 2nd consecutive victory in stoppage time

The second half was not anymore exciting, but a little more difficult for OM. This was due to the physical impact put in to the match and the desire of the Boulogne team to bring a ray of sunshine to their supporters in an otherwise grim season.
[IMG44750#R]This opponent who had nothing left to lose, were fighting with their arguments and their stadium from another age; all this gave the match the feeling of a cup game and a big trap. This was a comment that was made on a number of post match declarations.
But, before speaking to the microphones, the Olympians did not stay with their arms folded. After Niang came off, replaced by Taiwo, they carved out another great chance. Brandao, fabulously played in by Lucho, had the opportunity to make it 2-0, but lost his duel with the goalkeeper.
As the game approached its finish, the result was not guaranteed, so there was a certain amount of danger, even if proceedings were not particularly worrying. Except, from one of Boulogne’s rare free kicks, Blayac took advantage of a deflection from Marcq, with a header, to fire past Mandanda (1-1).
Suddenly the lead over Auxerre, now down to two points, was not the same, something which caused nerves to jangle.
But the last breath of this OM side, who are particularly tired after their 5 matches in 14 days, would change the course of this story. A Taiwo cross (positioned on the left of the midfield) headed by Brandoa, was handled by Lachor. The Nigerian fired home the penalty in the last seconds of the encounter, offering OM a sixth win in a row in the Ligue 1, the 2nd in stoppage time. In these conditions, it must be a sign.

Laurent Oreggia - Photos : L. Sanson