OM 4-1 Nice: Full house

11 apr 2010 Par 
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Overtaken by Auxerre two hours before the kick-off of this OM-Nice, Marseille, by winning heavily in this derby of the south, retook their place atthe top of the table.
1-0: Koné (42')
2-0: Mbia (52')
3-0: Valbuena (70')
4-0: Diawara (74')
4-1: Faé (90'+3)

Here I am and here I’m staying... This is the message that OM sent out to the chasing pack after Week 32 in the Ligue 1. In first place since their match against Sochaux last Wednesday, OM are still there after the match against Nice, even if Auxerre, thanks to their win over Nancy, had temporarily taken the place of leader. A draw would have been enough for Didier Deschamps and his troops but with the defeat to Bordeaux, the draws of Lyon, Lille and Montpellier, there was a fantastic occasion to make the break.
OM did not pass up on the chance... Against a Nice side that remained unbeaten not having conceded in four games, Marseille had to wait until just before half time before opening the scoring. Defending in numbers, their wall held up for 42 minutes with some good interventions from Civelli and Apam. Eric Roy’s team only ventured out of their half on counter attacks but were unable to find an opening. Despite everything, OM put a lot of rhythm into the encounter trying to break through with Valbuena or Koné. Marseille played to their strengths: movement, speed, overlaps, one-two’s, passing...

Three minutes before the break, the OM domination finally paid off. Lucho Gonzalez played in Bakari Koné, the slightly deflected ball beat Apam, the Ivory Coast international then controlled with his left foot before firing a right foot effort past Ospina. 1-0 just before half-time, the best possible moment to score as observers will often tell you, but confirmation would be necessary in the second half. The best possible moment to do so would be just after the rest and that is just what OM did. Seven minutes after returning from the dressing room Lucho Gonzalez found the head of Stéphane Mbia from a corner, the player won his duel placing a header into the back of the net, giving OM a 2-0 lead.

Suffocated, Nice no longer even tried to attack and spent all of their energy on avoiding a thrashing. OM continued their outrageous domination and did not take too long to build on their lead. Just after coming on, Mathieu Valbuena took advantage of a great opening from Lucho for Niang. The Senegalese player slid the ball to the « little guy » who did not fail in his duel with Ospina. 3-0! The public at the Stade Vélodrome could exult and give more strength to OM in order to help them push on, despite the score line. Determined and with great application, OM continued their siege of Ospina’s goal.

It was from another corner that Lucho Gonzalez, again, found the head of Souleymane Diawara for OM’s fourth goal. After his two decisive passes on Wednesday, Lucho Gonzalez played in three on Sunday night and his now at the top of the table of the best passers in the league. Niang, top scorer (15) and Lucho, best passer (11), it is not for nothing that OM have the best attack in the L1!
4-0, the match was over as a contest with 15 minutes still to go. Both coaches decided to rotate their squads. OM were still disrupting the Nice defence as much as ever, with Brandao and Cheyrou. But, at the end of the match Nice reduced the score line with a shot from Faé which was lightly deflected by Bagayoko.

Olympique de Marseille remain league leaders (with a two point lead over Auxerre) and have extended their lead over Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux and Montpellier. A lead which could be extended even more on Wednesday when OM travel to Sochaux.
They will, however, be without Koné, victim of a tackle, judged to be dangerous by Didier Deschamps. The Ivory Coast international is suffering from a sprained knee and ankle, the only dark spot on an otherwise fantastic evening at the Stade Vélodrome. The third in one week...

Frédéric Rostain