European qualification slips away for OM, beaten in Reims

European qualification slips away for OM, beaten in Reims
European qualification slips away for OM, beaten in Reims

The match: 1-0

OM’s European hopes have not yet completely faded on Wednesday evening after the defeat in Reims (0-1), but they now seem to be moving away from their reach. In the event of success in Champagne, the Marseille club could move up from 8th to 6th place, synonymous with the Europa League (or Conference League depending on the outcome of the Coupe de France final on May 25), but instead of That leaves him 3 points behind Lens and Lyon (7th), whose place can also qualify for a European competition, one day before the end of the season.

Opposite, Reims no longer had a defined objective, except to finish well, but the team led by interim Samba Diawara proved to be a tough opponent for the Marseillais, who once again showed their limits on the move. They also failed from the start of the match, following a victorious strike from Marshall Munetsi following a fixing job by Oumar Diakité, but the goal was refused for an offside by the Ivorian striker (5th). Munetsi’s perseverance ended up paying off a little later, when his tackle at the near post on Junya Ito’s cross forced Chancel Mbemba to score against his side after also diving towards the ball (1-0, 33rd).

This opening score rewarded the enterprising Rémois, who had already requested Pau Lopez. The Marseille goalkeeper stepped in front of Ito (16th), he was saved by his left post from Nakamura’s nice curl (38th), before seeing Reda Khadra’s attempt graze his bar (67th) and that of Adama Bojang, ideally placed, misses (79th). Dangerous at times, OM clearly lacked lucidity on their few clear opportunities, losing two face-to-face meetings with Yehvann Diouf (see below).

After this defeat, OM is condemned to win next Sunday in Le Havre while hoping for a defeat for Lens, who will host Montpellier, and/or Lyon against Strasbourg in the multiplex of the 34th day (9 p.m.). For its part, Reims climbs this Wednesday to 10th place and can still hope to grab one more place on Sunday by hosting Rennes, the 9th.


Marseille have never managed to finish a match without conceding a goal in their last twenty away games. His longest streak since the 1976-1977 season (21). (Opta)

The players: Diouf-Ito-Munetsi, decisive trio

The three Rémois obviously do not have the same roles within the Rémois team but each of them had a full match against OM, in line with their performances in Brest last Friday (1-1) . Man of the match in Finistère, Yehvann Diouf only had three shots on target to negotiate but two of them were one-on-ones which he won with solidity. However, he first slipped before intervening in front of Sarr (25th). Then his foot reflex in front of Luis Henrique maintained the SDR advantage (70th).

As in Brest, Junya Ito and Marshall Munetsi were also decisive in their own way. Author of a perfectly measured cross at the height of Marseille’s 5.5 m, the Japanese is still a decisive passer. And it was again Munetsi, scorer in Brittany, who benefited. If Mbemba scored against his side, it was because he was hampered by the Zimbabwean in the action.



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