OM 1-1 Nantes: Success and Maintenance, It Takes Time

24 apr 2016
Par 
Frédéric Rostain
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Yannick Parienti / OM.net https://www.om.net/sites/default/files/styles/square_thumbnail/public/yan_.jpg 2016
OM played its 17th tie game of the season against Nantes on the 35th day of Ligue 1 2015-16.

For the fifth time this season, OM played in a Vélodrome Stadium that was missing a large number of fans. The two stands were basically closed because of a decision by the LFP’s discipline commission which sanctioned the club on a provisional basis until the game scheduled for May 12. In front of barely 20000 spectators, Passi’s players had trouble at the beginning of the period. Admittedly, they had the ball but they weren’t doing much with it. Nantes, as expected, had regrouped and tried to play offensively. It wasn’t until the 18th minute that the first opportunity happened: Sarr kicked on the left but the ball went high. Thomasson did the same for the Canaris with a shot caught by Mandanda after the loss of the ball to Thauvin on the edge of the area.
In the hushed atmosphere, OM tried to wrap up the period. The two minutes, Marseilles had two opportunities. The first and closest was from Batshuayi, who got past two defense players before kicking toward the goal. Dupé kept close to the post before catching the ball. Fletcher tried from far away. The ball deviated and ended its course in the hands of Nantes’ goalie. Immediately afterward Thomasson centered, Nkoulou rebutted with his head but finally sent the ball into this own goal while Mandanda was out Without having dominated and without opportunity, FC Nantes arrived at the Vélodrome Stadium. The Olympiens could have benefited from a penalty to re-enter the game at the end of the first period after a fault on Sarr, who had undermined the Canaris’ defense but the referee decided otherwise.

OM still got back into the game without anyone’s help. The beginning of the second period was much better than the long observation round that the spectators in Marseilles enclosure were allowed to see. Well served by Manquillo, Thauvin lost his marker with two Nantes players to get past Dupé and even the score. That gave Marseilles the psychological advantage over their opponent but they didn’t really have the time to take advantage of it since Romao was expelled for a wrong move.
At 10 against 11, the Olympiens had a harder time keeping the ball and carrying out their plays. In addition, Diaby was injured and gave his place to Zambo Anguissa. Cabella’s entry into the game showed that Passi wanted to play to win, even with smaller numbers. But it was really the Canaris who were the most active even if Bammou, for a fault similar to one of Romao’s a little earlier, only got a yellow card. Sensing that his player was on the edge, Der Zakarian replaced him.
In the last few minutes, the two teams gave their all. OM, with support from its fans who could see the win in sight, tried as hard as they could. In vain, the score remained the same despite the last attempt from Nantes by Bedoya, which went wide.

OM has still not been able to win a home game since September 13 but above all they still have to fight to keep their spot in Ligue 1.

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