Matchday 22 – OM 1 – 0 AC Arles Avignon

Marseille defeated Arles-Avignon this matchday, clinching the double over the team who look likely to finish last in Ligue 1 this season.

Deschamps made a couple of changes from the side which drew 0 0 with Monaco (sorry for the lack of match report, blame the conspiracy of other factors), bringing in Charles Kaboré to sit in front of the defence in place of Edouard Cissé, and Benoit Cheyrou to replace André Ayew in central midfield, with Lucho retaining his starting place. The back four were unchanged, with Mandanda being supported by Fanni, M’Bia, Diawara and Heinze. Up front, the attacking trident of Remy (right), Brandao (no. 9) and Gignac (left) retained their positions.

Marseille started well, hitting the crossbar twice in the first half, however the breakthrough didn’t occur until the 56th mintue. With Gignac (who surely now must be considered in form) scored a goal reminiscent of the one he made and finished against Auxerre. Heinze played the ball from his own half first time to Gignac, who received the ball 40 yards from goal in the left channel. Gignac played the ball neatly to Lucho, who found Brandao running into the space left by ACA’s right back who’d been tracking Gignac. Brandao then crossed to Gignac who’d put in a lung busting run to poke home, via the goalkeeper, from 7 yards. Marseille then sat back, inviting ACA onto them, trying to play on the break with the injected pace of both Ayews. This however left them vulnerable to a couple of good chances for ACA, which were squandered. Gignac was sacrificed for an extra man in midfield with 10 minutes to go, and l’OM held on for “cette victoire a été acquise dans la souffrance” (lephoceen.com), a victory which was acquired under sufferance.

What it does mean, however, is that OM have capitalised on dropped points by Lille (1-1 away to Auxerre), Lyon (0-0 with Bordeaux) and PSG (who lost 1-0 to Rennes). This means that they’re again within four points of Lille leading up to the match against Sochaux next Saturday.

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