Ineffective Marseille Falls to Defeat Against Nice in Ligue 1

Ineffective offensively and weighed down by an expulsion of Balerdi, Marseille conceded a defeat on the lawn of Nice (0-1) this Saturday during the 9th day of Ligue 1. Le Gym took advantage of this victory to temporarily seize the first place in the ranking.

Dante congratulates Guessand after his goal.

Olympique de Marseille is already relapsing. While it had ended its bad series against Le Havre (3-0) before the international break, the Marseille club lost on the Nice pitch (1-0) this Saturday during the 9th day of Ligue 1 Despite a serious performance, OM were weighed down by their lack of efficiency and the expulsion of Balerdi.

This new prestigious victory, after those against PSG and Monaco, is on the other hand a very good operation for Nice which temporarily seizes first place in the ranking while awaiting Monaco’s match against Metz on Sunday (5:05 p.m.). Marseille is 7th and could lose places after the other matches of the weekend.

A very firm first act

Serious in the pressing and better than the Niois in the game, the Marseillais made a good start on the lawn of the Allianz Riviera. After 25 minutes, Sarr thought he would open the score for OM by controlling a long pass from Mbemba towards the Nioise area before slipping the ball between Bulka’s legs. But the Senegalese goal was refused for a slight offside position.

Despite Marseille’s interesting performance, the chances were rare in the first act. After 32 minutes and a shot from Ounahi which went over the target, only three shots had been attempted (1 for Nice, 2 for Marseille)… The last quarter of an hour wasn’t much more exciting. Moffi still offered OGCN an opportunity five minutes before the break with a shot next to the post.

The expulsion of Balerdi hurts OM…

After the break, the Niois put more impact in the duels and played higher up the pitch. However, it was Marseille who were still dangerous with a strike from Sarr into the side net then a header from Harit repelled by a good save from Bulka. OM were still doing well in their match, but it wasn’t going to last. Since a few minutes after an Aubameyang spiked ball on the post, the Olympians found themselves ten after the expulsion of Balerdi for two yellow cards received in three minutes.

Nice did not wait very long to take advantage of its numerical superiority. On the free kick which followed Balerdi’s foul, Guessand dominated everyone in the Olympian area to score with a header and give the Aiglons the advantage (1-0, 79th)! Outnumbered, the Marseillais tried to come back to the score but Ndiaye, with a curled shot that went off target, missed another big opportunity in the final minutes. OM can blame themselves for not having been able to realize their opportunities…

Match rating: 4/10

7 shots, 0 on target… There wasn’t much to get their teeth into during the first period. Only a disallowed Sarr goal and a dangerous strike from Moffi animated the first 45 minutes. We had to wait until the last quarter of an hour to see this meeting come alive with tension, the expulsion of Balerdi and the Niois goal.

The goal :

– On a free kick from Boga shot on the right of the area, Guessand dominates the air and places a header into Blanco’s goal (1-0, 79th).


Maxifoot has awarded a rating (out of 10) to each player.

Man of the match: Jean-Clair Todibo (7/10)

If the Niois were not always very inspired this evening, this was not the case for the Gym’s central defender. Authoritarian and omnipresent at the back (7 tackles, the match record), the French international won the majority of his duels to stop the Marseille offensives. In particular, he made two very good interventions on Ndiaye to prevent the Marseillais from heading for goal.


Marcin Bulka (6): the goalkeeper was there for this meeting. He is vigilant on a bad pass from Sanson, comes out well in front of Sarr, then stops a header from Harit. Another clean sheet for the Pole!

Jordan Lotomba (5): the right side did not even stay on the pitch for half-time. Muscle touch, he had to come out with an injury a few minutes before the break. Before this glitch, he had delivered a serious performance in his lane, despite a few ball losses. Replaced the 43rd with Pablo Rosario (5)who played his role well and caused the free kick which led to the Niois goal.

Jean-Clair Todibo (7): read the comment above.

Dante (5): if his reading of the game is valuable on the opponent’s long balls, the central defender turned 40 when the Marseillais managed to take the depth behind him, as on Aubameyang’s enormous opportunity in the second period which will end with a shot at the post.

Melvin Bard (6): a serious match for the left side. Overall, he managed to muzzle his vis–vis, Sarr, which is not so simple. In the first half, he made up for it well by preventing Harit from rushing to goal after losing the ball.

Morgan Sanson (4.5): against his former team, the midfielder did not particularly shine. If he was serious on the defensive level, he missed several times in the game, the image of his too soft pass towards Bulka which could have benefited Sarr. Replaced the 72nd with Alexis Claude-Maurice (non not).

Youssouf Ndayishimiye (6): an interesting performance for the defensive midfielder. He had a large volume of play and was solid in recovery, scraping many balls at the opponent’s feet.

Hichem Boudaoui (4): a very average match for the midfielder. The Algerian international had difficulty expressing his technical qualities in this meeting. He was content with his defensive tasks without really showing any personality.

Gatan Laborde (5): transparent in the first period, a little more visible after the break. The Niois striker was able to raise his level in the second half to weigh in on his team’s highlights. Without putting the opposing goalkeeper in difficulty.

Terem Moffi (4): as usual, he was generous in his efforts by playing all the duels with the Marseille defenders. He has long had few good balls to get his hands on, but he is not far from converting the first into a goal on a shot that passes next to the post. He was not dangerous afterwards. Replaced the 72nd with Evann Guessand (not not), which marks the winning goal for Nice.

Jeremie Boga (7): moving on his left side, the winger tried to create differences with the ball. He weighed down the opposing defense and was rewarded for his efforts with a decisive pass for Guessand. Replaced 90th+4 with Romain Perraud (not not).


Pau Lpez (5): the goalkeeper made little contribution for an hour, except for a not very dangerous header from Moffi. But the Spaniard was injured on a clearance in the second half. Replaced the 59th with Ruben Blanco (non not)who must bow over Guessand’s head.

Jonathan Clauss (5): after his great international break with the Blues, the right side had a less happy evening. The Marseille defender had some work to do against the restless Boga, and he was injured on a dribble from the Niois winger. Replaced the 46th with Michael Murillo (4),whose offensive contribution was quite disappointing. Average marking on the Niois goal.

Chancel Mbemba (6): vigilant against the Niois attackers, the Marseille defender made valuable interventions. Like an excellent tackle on Boga in his area.

Leonardo Balerdi (3): still starting in the absence of Gigot, the central defender distinguished himself with effective furious tackles to repel opposing attacks in the first period. But, as too often, the Argentinian had air gaps and was sent off, receiving two yellow cards, for protest then a foul, in three minutes. It is his fault which provokes his second warning that OM concedes their goal…

Renan Lodi (5): against Laborde, the left side generally won his duel throughout the first period. On the other hand, his offensive contribution was almost non-existent.

Valentin Rongier (6): well placed in front of his defense, the midfielder was very available to offer solutions in the recovery. His one-touch play often helped speed up Marseille’s game. He spared no effort in recovery.

Azzedine Ounahi (3): again starting in the midfield, the midfielder delivered a disappointing performance. Too neutral in the game and physically moved, the Moroccan international was too timid. Replaced the 56th with Jordan Veretout (no not).

Iliman Ndiaye (4): the Marseille striker was generous but ineffective. The Senegalese international tried to make a difference with the ball, but he came across an impassable Todibo several times. At the end of the match, he missed a huge opportunity to equalize for his team.

Amine Harit (6): established in the heart of the game, the midfielder confirmed his rise in power. His accuracy on the first touches of the ball, his vision of the game and his calm allowed him to be an effective relay in the midfield. He could have scored on a header pushed away by Bulka. Replaced the 81st with Bamo Met (no not).

Ismala Sarr (4.5): the Marseille winger thought he would give OM the advantage in the first half, but his goal was refused for an offside position. Behind, the Senegalese symbolized the lack of efficiency of the Marseillais: he lacked his control on a good deep ball, then he found the outside net on a shot.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (3): aligned at the forefront of the attack, the Gabonese did not really influence the debates. His offensive contribution was too weak, with the exception of his dive ball which ended on the post. This is the opportunity that OM should not have missed while the score was still 0-0. He can blame himself… Replaced the 81st with Geoffrey Kondogbia (nonnot).

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NICE 1-0 MARSEILLE (mid-time: 0-0) – FRANCE – Ligue 1 / 9th day
Stadium: Allianz Riviera, Nice – Referee: Ruddy Buquet, France

Goals: E. Guessand (80th) for NICE
Warnings: Dante (15th), J. Boga (24th), H. Boudaoui (56th), T. Moffi (79th), for NICE – L. Balerdi (75th), M. Murillo (90+6th), L. Balerdi (78th), for MARSEILLE

NICE: Mr. Bulka – J. Todibo, Dante – J. Lotomba (P. Rosario, 43rd), Mr. Bard – H. Boudaoui, Y. Ndayishimiye, Mr. Sanson (E. Guessand, 72nd) – G. Laborde, T. Moffi (A. Claude Maurice, 72nd), J. Boga (R. Perraud, 90+5th)

Marseille: P. Lpez (Rubn Blanco, 59th) – C. Mbemba, L. Balerdi (M. Murillo, 46th), Renan Lodi (56th) and Ounahi (56th) – V. Rongier Harit (B. Meit, 81st) – I. Sarr, I. Ndiaye – P. Aubameyang (81st)

Another complicated evening for Aubameyang

Guessand scored the winning goal for Nice (1-0, 79th)

Lopez is out with injury

2023-10-21 21:06:00
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