OM stops at three successes in a row. This Wednesday evening, Olympique de Marseille snatched the draw, for its fourth friendly meeting, on the lawn of Braga (1-1). At the Estadio Municipal, Abel Ruiz opened the scoring (19th), but Dimitri Payet then ended up equalizing (52nd). The Marseille club continues its preparation from this Sunday evening (9 p.m.), with a meeting scheduled against Benfica, near Lisbon.
The celebration of Dimitri Payet, after his equalization, said a lot. Upon receipt of a badly returned ball from the opposing defense, the Marseille striker, full axis in the penalty area, shot Matheus, with a powerful shot out of reach (1-1, 52nd), before s ‘lie on the lawn, pretending to be sleeping soundly. Certainly a sign of fatigue for the Marseillais, in this preparation and after the first three friendly matches. However, only a few minutes later, Ahmadou Dieng, who had played on the opposing defense, almost doubled the bet (59th), before then seeing his goal canceled for an offside position (83rd).
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It is also certainly this fatigue which prevented the proteges of Jorge Sampaoli to express their game, in a general way, even if the second half was finally more consistent. A palpable fatigue which certainly motivated the Marseille technician to launch three new recruits: Luan Peres, Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba. Tactically in difficulty, in particularly shifting game systems, trademark of their coach, the Marseillais, on the whole, had all the trouble in the world to be dangerous offensively, as well as to contain the opposing offensives.
Symbol of this feverishness, Leonardo Balerdi, even if he was certainly one of the three Marseille players to have touched the most balls in the first act, in the company of his two friends in central defense, Alvaro Gonzalez and Jordan Amavi. The Argentine full-back struggled and missed almost all of his passes. It is even on one of his losses of ball that the opening of the scoring occurred, through the intermediary of Abel Ruiz who, completely alone, then left no chance to Steve Mandanda, who was returning from vacation (19th, 1-0).
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A few minutes earlier, although abandoned by his defense, the French international goalkeeper had been very happy to see Galeno’s strike, untenable on his left side where he was able to take advantage of many spaces, flee the frame (15th). After three straight victories, OM therefore suffered a first hitch against the most complicated opponent to play so far. In Marseille to raise their level of play, in four days, for their second match on Lusitanian soil.
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