OM - Strasbourg (3-2) | Germain steals the pointswed 26 sep at 21:10
Valere Germain’s 91st minute goal earned Olympique de Marseille a narrow 3-2 win over RC Strasbourg in a tense finale on Wednesday evening.
Following two consecutive defeats in the space of six days, OM needed a strong showing here to maintain its push for an early podium spot and to get the season back on track.
And despite well dominating the early stages, it was Strasbourg who struck first. Kenny Lala sprung the trap with a quick counter attack to lift the ball over the returning Steve Mandanda.
OM hit back five minutes before the break. Florian Thauvin was felled in the box, and after a video review by the referee, OM were awarded a penalty which was duly dispatched by Dimitri Payet.
The turnaround hit another level just three minutes later when Morgan Sanson latched onto a loose ball to fire from distance past Mats Sels.
OM had ended the half in much stronger fashion, but a further obstacle was posed when Jordan Amavi was shown a straight red for a tackle on Lala.
Despite several attempts to push for a third, it looked like being a frustrating evening when Nuno Da Costa finished a neat 1-2 to fire past Mandanda in the 89th minute.
But up stepped Germain, just seconds later to steal all three points for OM in the 91st minute and earn a fourth win in seven for the side.
Next up for Rudi’s men is a trip to Lille on Sunday evening.