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Marseille-Monaco: Ben Yedder and Golovin surgical, Vitinha missed the inevitable... the tops and the flops


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Marseille-Monaco: Ben Yedder and Golovin surgical, Vitinha missed the inevitable... the tops and the flops


New boss match for the Monegasque captain. Author of the first goal of this match on a superb serve from Golovin, he allowed his team to take control of this game from the start (0-1, 7th). He was then more discreet during the rest of this first half when his team suffered from the Marseille offensives. But in a final action before the break, he led his team's counterattack perfectly. After fixing the Olympian defense, he served Akliouche who deceived Pau Lopez to return to the locker room in the lead (2-2). In the second act he continued to play in tune. He gave a lot and was finally replaced, exhausted (89th).

The Monegasque striker was perfect on almost all of his balls. Aleksandr Golovin led his team in a very complicated first period following the expulsion of Maripan. The Russian did not hesitate to pick up the ball in the midfield in order to streamline his team's attacks. It was he who was behind Ben Yedder's first goal with a superb opening towards his captain. In the second half, he often played fair, with a touch of the ball to facilitate the opportunities for the Rocher players. The only missed opportunity was the counter with Ben Yedder at the end of the match where he missed his last pass which could have been decisive in the final moments (86th). He did not hesitate to come down to help his midfielder recover.


The Monegasque defender received a red card at the start of the match after a clash with Vitinha who was heading towards the goal (10th). Even if the sanction seems severe, Maripan must not unbalance the Portuguese in this type of situation by being the last defender. His expulsion allowed the Marseillais to press the Monegasques much more and thus return to equality a few minutes before the break (1-1, 37th). His team suffered and had great difficulty making up for his absence in defense.

The Portuguese can blame himself following this draw for Marseille. In the first period, he went behind the Monegasque defense several times. Often offside, he had the merit of trying things and tiring out his opponents. He is at the origin of the first Marseille equalizer (1-1, 37th) because it is his shot which fails on the post and which returns to Aubameyang who only has to push the ball. But in the second act, he missed far too many crucial chances. At the very end of the match, on a last cross, he found himself alone in front of an empty goal. But the attacker takes the ball with his knee and misses a goal which could not extend his arms any further. Already heavily criticized since his arrival, Vitinha has not yet become the darling of the Vélodrome.

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