Marseille had struggled for goals since the departure of last season’s top scorer Michy Batshuayi, so Coach Franck Passi handed a first start to Aaron Leya Iseka – Batshuayi’s 18-year-old younger brother – up front alongside Gomis in a 4-4-2. The aggressive move paid near-instant dividends, with the Belgian coming close to opening his account after five minutes. Karim Rekik, deputising at left-back in place of the injured Henri Bedimo, whipped the ball into the box for the young forward, but he was denied at the last by a recovering Lindsay Rose (5′).
Bossing possession at a frenetic pace, there was an air of inevitability if not home relief when OM made it 1-0 inside the opening 20 minutes. Cabella picked up the ball when Marseille were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Lorient area, and the result justified why, with FCL goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte stranded as the effort spun into his bottom corner (19′). Gomis came close to bagging his first OM goal following his summer switch from Swansea City AFC when he got free in the box soon after, but this time Lecomte made amends, reacting quickly to scoop the ball off the former France striker’s toe (26′).
Florian Thauvin began Sunday’s 2-1 loss at En Avant de Guingamp on the bench due to illness, but fighting fit once again here, he was keen to shine just as brightly as attacking midfield cohort Cabella, and when OM were given another free-kick from a similar range to Cabella’s opener soon after half-time, Thauvin stepped up and pulled off a dangerous effort of his own, only to see Lecomte scramble across his goal to save (52′).
Lecomte’s opposite number Yohann Pelé was not tested at the other end until over an hour was gone. Rose headed a corner into Cafu’s path and the Portuguese’s volley was palmed away by the OM shot-stopper (61′), who has looked a more-than-capable replacement for Captain Steve Mandanda, who, like Batshuayi, left in the summer. Just as Sylvain Ripoll’s men looked to be coming back into it, Marseille put the game to bed on the counter-attack. Cabella turned provider, sending Gomis through, and the big striker fended off Vincent Le Goff before thumping home his 103rd Ligue 1 goal – a record amongst payers active in the division (70′).
OGC Nice’s perfect start to the season came to an end on Saturday as they were held 1-1 at home by a resilient LOSC Lille side.
Nice had scored the only goal of their Week 2 win at Angers early, and Lucien Favre’s men repeated the trick through Vincent Koziello, who fired home from the edge of the box just four minutes in.
LOSC’s task looked all the more formidable given Nice had kept five successive clean sheets at home, but on 27 minutes, that run was ended by Franck Béria, firing into the net after Yassine Benzia’s cute backheel had given him a sight of goal.
After the break, Eric Bauthéac sent a free-kick arcing goalwards that Yoan Cardinale dealt with on his goalline (50′), but neither side really went for the win until the closing stages.
LOSC came closest to snatching the points with Nicolas de Préville heading a Sébastien Corchia cross against the bar (89′), though the visitors’ goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, had to move smartly to smother at the feet of Rémi Walter (90′) to ensure his team went home with a point.
Diego Rolán’s first-half goal gave Girondins de Bordeaux the honours as they beat FC Nantes 1-0 in the Atlantic derby on Sunday.
The Uruguayan tapped in from a low Jérémy Ménez cross just after the half-hour mark to give Bordeaux the lead they deserved at that point. However, the hosts were then indebted to comeback man Cédric Carrasso, who made several crucial saves in the second half as Nantes pushed in search of an equaliser.
It is Bordeaux’s second win in as many home games this season but this was a second consecutive 1-0 defeat for Nantes as coach René Girard returned to face the club where he starred as a player back in the 1980s.
Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec responded to last week’s humbling 4-1 defeat at Toulouse in the Garonne derby by making big changes to his defense. Carrasso returned in goal for his first appearance since suffering a serious knee injury playing against Nantes in January, while Grégory Sertic came in for the first time in more than a year after an injury of his own and partnered Jérémy Toulalan in the heart of the back line.
However, that defense was not hugely troubled in a first period dominated by the home team. Bordeaux should have been in front inside 10 minutes but, after a counter-attack led by Rolán, Malcom’s shot was saved by Rémy Riou and the follow-up from Rolán was blocked on the line by Léo Dubois.
Rolán then dispossessed Guillaume Gillet and teed up Ménez for a shot that was well held by Riou. The Nantes defense is rarely easy to break down but Bordeaux’s front four looked lively and they got the goal in the 32nd minute. Malcom found Ménez on the right flank and he turned Diego Carlos inside out before sending a low ball across the face of goal for Rolán to tap in as he arrived in front of Gillet.
Bordeaux’s hopes of building on that advantage in the second half were hit as Toulalan appeared to pull his left hamstring while making a clearance and had to come off, with Frédéric Guilbert taking his place.
Instead, Nantes grew into the game at last and would have come away with a point were it not for Carrasso. The former France squad member got down well to his right to keep out a Diego Carlos free-kick on 51 minutes and then made a brilliant save from substitute Yacine Bammou’s header following a Lucas Lima cross in the 73rd minute.
Shortly after that, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo found Kolbeinn Sigthórsson with a long ball forward. The Iceland striker was too strong for Youssouf Sabaly and hit the target with his shot, but again Carrasso saved.
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