Bourg-en-Bresse - OM (0-9) : Qualified without breaking a sweat

wed 07 feb at 09:52
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J.F. Basset / FBBP 01
OM notched the club's biggest win in just under seven decades with a nine-goal haul against the Ligue 2 strugglers on Tuesday evening.

On paper, there is no comparison between the team second in Ligue 1 and the team currently placed 18th in Ligue 2. But in the Coupe de France, there are always surprises.

The players of Rudi Garcia did not want to join a growing list of teams in the top-flight eliminated by lower-league opposition. In the end, it was a professional and serious performance against a Bourg-en-Bresse side lacking in confidence with four defeats in six.

From the kick-off, the Marseillais monopolized the ball used it rather well with Payet in the no.10 role. However, it was another midfielder who broke the deadlock in the opening 10 minutes. Luiz Gustavo tried his luck from a distance and deceived Callamand. Already in doubt, the locals then opened the floodgates. Payet doubled the score three minutes later. Ocampos swiftly added a third soon after and Mitroglou also found the net. After 20 minutes, OM led 4-0, the chances of a turnaround for Bourg were low even if the atmosphere inside the stadium pushed for one.

As the snow fell on the Stade Marcel-Verchère, the Greek international grabbed his second, his third goal in two games after the one scored against Metz. At the break, the visitors already led 5-0. Not to take their foot off the gas, it was 6-0 thanks to Ocampos' deft finish quickly after the break. The Argentinean even delivered a hat-trick by scoring with his head after a good Payet cross.
With a league match on Friday in Saint-Etienne, Rudi Garcia rang the changes and brought into play Kamara, Sari and Bedimo. In the last ten minutes, Mitroglou emulated his Argentine team-mate with a triple of his own. And in the very last minutes, the enterprising young Sari won a penalty. transformed by Clinton Njie to secure a stunning 9-0 victory.

With seriousness, professionalism and an immense respect of their opponent, the Marseillais qualify by a record scoreline. OM continue their route into the 1/4 final of the Coupe de France.

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