OM-OL: A frustrating draw (1-1)
16'. An attempt by Toko Ekambi goes just wide of the target.
21'. Toko Ekambi opens the scoring after Aouar knocks on a pass from Paqueta 0-1.
34'. A header by Thauvin goes just over.
38'. Memphis heads wide from a gorgeous Cornet cross.
44'. Penalty for a handball on Paqueta, converted by Milik. 1-1.
56'. Memphis' shot from the left side grazes the outside of the post.
57'. Khaoui's half volley ends up in the side netting.
61'. Milik has an effort form the center but Lopes easily saves.
71'. Second yellow card for Paqueta for a foul on Payet.
Third at kick-off in the 101st Olympico in history, OL had to grab the lead at the Vélodrome to come back to within a point of Lille, who dropped points earlier in the day. Even if the respective forms of the two Olympiques had been rather different over the last several months, this fixture was always likely to be a hot-blooded encounter, despite the absence of fans. OL's start to the match was perfect against a Marseille team that was lacking shape, and were very quickly overwhelmed by the visitors' mastering play. Karl Toko Ekambi rewarded this domination by opening the scoring, but this goal did not have the desired effect, as OM slowly came out of their shell until they equalized with what was a harsh penalty just before the break, a cruel turn of events…
After a slight drop Les Gones' level at the end of the first half, it was necessary to get back into battle and re-impose OL's superiority. While the two teams each had their moments, they had clearly raised the bar since having returned from the locker room. The chances for each side were more numerous, the duels more intense and the battle in midfield was fierce. The task became more challenging, however, when Paqueta was sent off with about twenty minutes remaining. Despite their numerical inferiority, the Lyonnais were pinned back but not put in any real danger. They held on until the end and were content with one ultimately frustrating point.
At Stade Vélodrome, Marseille.
L1 (Round 27) : Olympique de Marseille-OL 1-1 (1-1)
Referee: Benoît Millot. Attendance: Behind closed doors
Goals: Toko Ekambi (21') for OL. Milik (44') for OM.
Bookings: Paqueta (43', 71'), Mendes (78'), Memphis (81') for OL. Payet (78'), Gonzalez (81'), Gueye (90+5') for OM.
Dismissals: Paqueta (71') for OL.
OM: Mandanda (cap.) - Lirola, Gonzalez, Caleta-Car, Nagatomo - Kamara, Gueye - Thauvin, Payet, Khaoui (Cuisance, 72') - Milik. Manager: Nasser Larguet.
OL: Lopes - Dubois (Diomande, 87'), Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet (De Scglio, 73') - Paqueta, Mendes, Aouar (Guimaraes, 73') - Toko Ekambi (Cherki, 66'), Memphis (cap.), Kadewere (Slimani, 87'). Manager: Rudi Garcia.