Objective Europe. OM set out to obtain 5th place in Ligue 1, which qualifies for the Europa League, a lesser evil after an overall failed season. But during the reception of Strasbourg at the Vélodrome this Friday evening, Jorge Sampaoli’s troops were not there and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Despite the presence of Milik in front, of Thauvin, Payet, Rongier or even Alvaro in the eleven, the Olympians seemed to lack inspiration in the face of a courageous, concentrated Alsatian team led by a good Liénard. Led to the score at the end of the game, they even had to run after the score and owe their salvation only to the good entry of Dario Benedetto, scorer for the first time since January 16.
The first period set the tone for a meeting without much scoring opportunity since only Balerdi had managed to worry Sels (17th). Frustrated by his team who couldn’t do it, Sampaoli tried to remedy this apathy by taking out Rongier and Nagatomo for Gueye and Luis Henrique even before the hour mark. OM tried to accelerate but he lacked it. too many ingredients. Payet could not find the frame (62nd) and Milik centered his head too much (69th). Racing seemed to be able to play for hours at this rate and even began to be dangerous, like the attempts of Liénard (68th, 72nd). On this second shot repelled by Mandanda, the left-hander from Strasbourg sent a perfect corner on the victorious header of Mitrovic (74th). Led by the score, the Marseillais still managed to wake up thanks to Benedetto, scorer out of the bench with a beautiful header on a cross from Gueye (86th). This draw does not help the affairs of OM in the race for Europe, while Strasbourg has taken a step closer to maintaining.
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The Ligue 1 ranking can be found here.