OM 1-1 Toulouse: Another Tie for OM06 mar 2016
In the game against Toulouse Football Club, Michel once again went for a 4-4-2 scheme with Batshuayi and Fletcher in the lead supported on the sides by Cabella and Nkoudou This offense system quickly got results. After a dozen minutes where the high pressing from Toulouse threw off Marseilles' game, the Olympiens took control of the contest. They've probably never had this many opportunities in the first period this season. At eleven, they got the attention of TFC's goalie, Alban Lafont, who is only seventeen years old, and who played a great game. Starting from the twelfth minute until the very last one, they lay siege to Toulouse's goals by spending a lot of time on the sides. The centers increased, well as the kicks, with a Cabella at his very best. Eleven opportunities in barely more that thirty minutes works out to one every three minutes. The rhythm imposed by Michel's men was too fast for Toulouse. Fletcher, Bathsuayi, Nkoudou, Cabella, Isla all tried to get past Toulouse's defense and goalie. In vain. . . Toulouse, which was battling to keep its spot, had only three opportunities to score, all blocked by Mandanda. The 0-0 score at halftime was a miracle.
In the second period, Barrada replaced Diarra, visible than usual during the first 45 minutes. But what the Vélodrome Stadium was waiting for were dreading after so many missed opportunities finally happened. On a rebound by Didot, Ben Yedder got ahead of Rolando and got past Mandanda with the help of the post. A few minutes later, Rolando was replaced by Alessandrini. Isla moved back a notch to form a new hinge with Rekik. It would be difficult for OM to have a better offense with Fletcher, Batshuayi, Nkoudou, Cabella, Barrada and Alessandrini on the field. But that threw the Olympiens' formation off, and they suffered once they didn't have the ball anymore. Toulouse strengthened its the defensive lines with nine players together right in front of the goal.
By turning Toulouse's camp around, the Olympiens found a gap, finally, with a good center from Manquillo that Lafont kicked right back to Fletcher's feet, whose blocked shot against Somalia still ended in the back of the net. When Marseilles tied the score, fifteen minutes before the end of the game, it woke up a Vélodrome Stadium chilled by the wind and Ben Yedder's goal. The two teams then put all their efforts into winning. The tie, as often happens, pleased no one. Not OM on its race to the podium, or TFC in their fight to maintain their standing. On a break, after a good free kick from Alessandrini stopped by Lafont, Braithwaite lost the game ball. Thauvin entered the game for the very last minutes of a game that had turned exiting, even as it was close to ending. Batshuayi also lost the 2-1 ball on a bad relaunch by the Toulouse goalie.
The score stayed there to the dismay of the Olympiens and their fans, who quickly left the seats of the Vélodrome Stadium. With a thirteenth tie game in the Ligue 1 season, OM isn't getting ahead and remains stuck in thirteenth place, with one game left, at Ajaccio which it absolutely has to win.