Troyes 1-1 OM: OM ends with a tie14 may 2016
Injuries and suspensions forced Franck Passi to make adjustments to his roster to face Troyes for the 38th and last day in League 1 for 2015-16. The first adjustment was to the strategy: with Batshuayi suspended, the Marseille coach went from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 with Fletcher on the point. Manquillo took Mendy's place, who was suspended, Rolando took that of Nkoulou and Isla that of Barrada. The African internationals took their place on the bench, probably spared in view of the French Cup final, next Saturday against PSG. Finally, Cabella found a place in the line-up for the first time since the 34th day (Monaco 2-1 OM), also the first time under the tenure of Franck Passi.
The Marseillais game plan was simple: deprive Troyes from getting the ball and smother the red lantern condemned to relegation for awhile now. Everything was going pretty well, the OM were pressing high, preventing the Troyans from carrying out the ball. Fletcher, set up by Diarra, obtained a good chance but the Scotsman over-curved the ball. Not yet having crossed their own half, the Aubois' countered the OM during one of their turnovers. Nivet passed to Camus who sped past the entire olympian defense and went on to beat Pelé by sliding the ball between his legs.
Opening of the score did not have any effect on Franck Passi's players. Marseille had possession but rare were the shots on target. On a centering pass by Alessandrini, Thauvin, within one metre of the goal, hit the crossbar while Cabella's goal, on a gift from Fletcher, was unjustly refused by a non-existent offside. The first half ended with this summary for the OM: no shots on target despite clearly dominating.
Very little changed to the game's outlook in the second half. Thauvin, probably the most active Marseillais player, tried his luck without hitting the mark. Djadjédjé was aiming accurately but found the Troyen goalkeeper in his path. Sarr then entered the game. The former Metz player was very swift in serving Fletcher, who, without second guessing himself, fired a shot top corner for the equalizer. The appearance of Barrada et Zambo Anguissa (substituted for Diarra and Cabella in view of the French Cup final) brought some new blood for the OM against Troyans who were playing well, essentially by countering and in the defensive zone, given that the OM were dominating so much. Zambo Anguissa rewarded us with a beautiful scissor kick which flew straight into the gloves of Dreyer.
We were entering the last ten minutes of play when Martial tripped Fletcher onto the pitch. The olympian forward rushed to seize the ball for the penalty kick. With the left foot, Fletcher shot to Dreyer's left who dove perfectly to push away the ball.
Despite the last attempts by Barrada, Thauvin and Manquillo, the OM ended the championships by recording an 18th tied game on the latter's pitch.