OM won, and it didn’t happen to them for a month and a half (October 17th against Lorient). Jorge Sampaoli’s men secured the strict minimum by beating Troy at home (1-0), thanks to a late goal from Paul Lirola (74). We will remember the score this evening more than the road, as the Olympians still struggled in the game.
Facing the Trojans who came not only to defend – but not to attack either – Dimitri Payet’s teammates lacked almost everything in the first half (speed, accuracy, technical quality…) and framed no shot before returning to the locker room.
They slowly gained momentum during the second half, relying solely on the exploits of his playmaker. Payet could have offered Milek the opening twice, but in the end it was Pol Lirola’s firing that enabled OM to score the first goal. The Catalan took advantage of Troy’s offside defense to stand alone against Gallon and win a duel. Nothing happened after that and a lot of things still have to be corrected for Jorge Sampaoli, who will still have a chance to take on opponents of modest caliber until the armistice, although it will be necessary to be careful Wednesday in Nantes.
With this win, OM, who could not get points last week, reclaimed fourth place in favor of Lens and returned to Nice (26 points).
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