THE CONTEXT. Marseille at the party, Lyonnais caillassés
The Vélodrome had donned its light suit for this "Olympico"! On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the club (created in 1899), the Marseille fans decided to mark the occasion. After having parade all over the city to celebrate this anniversary, it is in the legendary stadium of the Phocaean city that the aficionados had prepared a big surprise: a majestic tifo, covering all the stands. For this exceptional event the Vélodrome has also broken its record attendance with 65,369 supporters. In short, the atmosphere of the big nights in Marseille.
THE SUMMARY. The Payet show!
For this "Olympico" with flavors of reunion for Rudi Garcia, it is in a simply incredible atmosphere that Lyon has kicked off the meeting. Driven by its audience – that of great nights, Marseille signs a very good start to the match and quickly puts pressure on the Lyon camp. The Lyonnais are suffocated on the field as in the stands. A pressure so strong that Thiago Mendes, panicked, commits a hand in the penalty area to prevent recovery Marseille. A bad reflex that is very expensive for his family. But if Dimitri Payet thinks pulling him in the wake, it was not counting on an altercation between Dario Benedetto and Leo Dubois that prevents the French international to take charge. The referee of the meeting eventually calm down the spirits but stops the game moments later because of a laser gene Anthony Lopes. It is necessary to wait more than five minutes before seeing Dimitri Payet to present himself at the point of penalty. Without trembling, the number 10 Marseille finds the skylight of Anthony Lopes and ignites the Vélodrome (1-0, 18 ').
At the return of the locker room, the face of the match is upset. Rudi Garcia is looking to give a second wind to his players and operates the first change of the meeting with the release of Queen-Adelaide. The midfielder is replaced by Jean Lucas. At the beginning of the second period, Lyon is better but is struck by a first blow with the exit of Aouar. Injured in the thigh, he gives way to the young Cherki (16 years old only). But the match is interrupted shortly before the hour of play. A huge fog, caused by the many smoke of the fans, invades the Velodrome.
THE REACTION. The anger of Jean-Michel Aulas
Annoyed after the defeat in Marseille, the President of Olympique Lyonnais took the claws at the microphone of Canal +, heavily criticizing the referee Antony Gautier: "Of course the result is indisputable. On the other hand, the match gave a deplorable image of football in its context of passion and also reaction. That is to say when one tries to impress before the players, the leaders, with a pressure that is not contained. As during the match, we can mention two cases of difficulties in the application of the VAR: the hand of Sanson (12th), just before the hand that brings the penalty that changes the fate of the match. And then there is Benedetto's slap on Dubois who is not whistled at all (before Payet converted the penalty). Congratulations to Marseille for having put a fantastic pressure on having conditioned the little ball-gatherers so that they no longer give the balloons, to make the pressure be immense. There are big arbitration errors and pressure that is too big. When the bus is broken to order to impress, it's a pity. And to conclude at beIN Sports microphone: "We have arrived in a city of lawlessness"