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Marseille-Lille: The infernal Zhegrova, the unconscious Pau Lopez… the tops and the flops


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Marseille-Lille: The infernal Zhegrova, the unconscious Pau Lopez… the tops and the flops


If there is one player to remember from this meeting, it is Lille’s Edon Zhegrova. The Kosovar dazzled the match with all his technical ease. The No.23 of the Dogues signed a festival on his right side, dribbling and bringing constant danger to the Marseille defense. The Northerner put Renan Lodi and Amine Harit through hell. Zhegrova was the author of four strikes and several very dangerous crosses throughout the match. Replaced in the 79th minute of play by Rémy Cabella, the Lille striker made a lot of effort. The only negative point of his score was that he did not target a single shot in this match. The Kosovar has been elusive on his right side. A real poison.

The Lille central defense was very safe this Saturday evening. The two backs never seemed in difficulty against the Marseille offensives and were perfect on the restart. Yoro and Alexsandro several times overtook Aubameyang or even Ismaila Sarr, sent deep. A match of bosses.

One of the only Marseille players who showed great determination this evening. The Olympian central defender was very good in each of his interventions. Even if he always seems a little struggling, the Marseillais wins most of his duels. Placed very high to quickly press the Lille offensives, Gigot often initiated numerous Marseille actions from his defense. The 30-year-old left in the 68th minute of play, injured, to a standing ovation from the Vélodrome.


surely the most incomprehensible game choice of the evening. The Marseille goalkeeper almost brought down his team after a quarter of an hour of play by completely missing his recovery in the middle of his defense. Lille striker Yusuf Yazici subsequently tried to lob the Spanish goalkeeper, who was far too advanced, but fortunately for OM, the Turk's attempt finally crashed onto the crossbar. Lopez repeated this sequence several times in the second half, venturing very far from his goal, while taking an enormous amount of time to restart. Result: the Marseille goalkeeper systematically put his team in danger. Perhaps instructions from his trainer Gennaro Gattuso, but the attitude of the 28-year-old goalkeeper was very surprising, even mind-blowing. Decisions which caused Lopez to be booed by his supporters present at the Vélodrome this evening.

The matches in Ligue 1 follow one another and are similar for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Marseille striker delivered yet another poor performance in front of his home crowd. The Gabonese only shot once on goal this evening, failing to target his shot. The Olympian No.10 was replaced by Joaquin Correa in the 77th minute of play, also under the whistles of the Vélodrome.

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