OM beat Angers this Sunday at the end of the 35th day of Ligue 1 (3-1). Lens and its second place thus remain two lengths away.
It’s a safe bet that these two will battle it out until the end of the championship to win second place. A precious rank synonymous with direct qualification for the Champions League (when the third will have to go through two preliminary rounds in the middle of August). Two days after Lens’ stunning victory over Reims (2-1), Marseille came back two points behind their current rival, who fell at the end of the 35e lifting of L1 of the Angevin red lantern.
As against Auxerre two weeks earlier, OM nevertheless conceded the opener at the Vélodrome, surprised by a remarkable new goal – a counter admirably concluded by Sima (0-1, 28e). This time however, the Olympians did not have time to gamble. Author of his 13e assist of the season, Clauss gave Sanchez his 14e achievement for the Marseille equalizer (1-1, 34e). The SCO therefore missed its chance.
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Returning from the locker room, Payet in fox surfaces gives the advantage to his people (2-1, 48e) – a meritorious reward for the Marseille captain, credited with the best chances of the first act. In the last quarter of an hour, a penalty conceded by Sima for a handball in the box allowed OM and Veretout to drive home the point (3-1, 77e). This to keep the Blood and Gold in the sights, two units and two goals (73 points against 75; +30 against +32). While repelling Monaco, fourth, eight lengths. The next day of the championship could be decisive in this frantic race for the second tier. Marseille travel to Lille on Saturday while Lens travel to Lorient on Sunday.