Marseille 3-4 (extra time) Monaco : Cabella, Olympian of the match

02 mar 2017
Par 
Allan Chaussard
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net 2017
Remy Cabella wins quite decisively the election for "Olympian of the match" after the round of 16 in the 2016-17 French Cup between Marseille and Monaco (3-4 extra time). He beat out Hiroki Sakai and Gregory Sertic.
1 | Rémy Cabella - 52.37%

The "Super Sub!" His entrance into the game at the 77th minute mark changed the course of the match. While he hadn't hidden his frustration starting on the bench these last few weeks, Remy Cabella fulfilled his role as super-replacement in marvelous fashion. Less than ten minutes after his first strides on the pitch against Monaco, the olympian attacker transformed with great lucidity a gift of a pass from Sakai, himself perfectly released by Njie. In extra time, Cabella was at it again, separating from the offside trap and gathering a header from Sertic before bringing the match to a tie, 3 all. While he can concede that he lost focus towards the end of the match in being responsible for the turnover leading to Monaco's 4th goal, Remy Cabella, having already scored a double against Toulouse in the round of 64 and assisted against Lyon in the round of 32, can congratulate himself for the role he played in this match, your vote being the proof.

2 | Hiroki Sakai - 22.48%

Heroic! The olympian right back worked his tail off for the entire match from one end of the pitch to the other. Defensively, Hiroki showed his worth against Mendy, sending several balls back into the left winger's feet. Again, and most impressively, he stood tall against Bernardo Silva, against whom, and despite having already suffered a hamstring injury, the Japanese defender held himself together for three successive strikes before finally blocking the Portuguese's attempt at goal.
But Sakai was equally impressive offensively, offering a superb assist to Remy Cabella to tie the game at 2 just minutes before the end of regulation.
Needing massage treatment from the physical therapists during the pause before extra time, Hiroki Sakai had to give up his spot on the field to Rod Fanni for the rest of the match, receiving a well deserved and lovely ovation from the fans.

1 | Grégory Sertic - 12.13%

A veritable swiss army knife! Central defender at kickoff next to Rolando et Dori, then at midfield with Anguissa after the second goal from Monegasques, Grégory Septic was all over the place Wednesday night at L'Orange Velodrome against Monaco. Often near the limit but never beaten by Mbappé in the first half, OM's number 13 impressed with his clearances (7), recoveries (8) and interceptions (3), but also with the quality of his passes (82% success rate).
When he moved further up the pitch, he proved himself in delivering his first assists while donning olympian colors, a beautiful header leading Remy Cabella's path toward goal.
A full match rich with lessons about the quality of the new olympian whose versatility is a big plus for Marseille.  

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