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OM-Nice: a spectacular derby, Niçois timid despite their numerical superiority...The tops and the flops


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OM-Nice: a spectacular derby, Niçois timid despite their numerical superiority...The tops and the flops


A derby is not played, it is won. Even if there was no winner at the Vélodrome this Wednesday (2-2), the two teams tried everything to win the three points in this Mediterranean derby. An open battle with spaces and play. So much so that you never knew what could happen. The spectacle did not only take place through the goals, but also through the appearance of the match. At the start of the first period, Nice could lead by two goals, while in the second period, it was Marseille who led the score without necessarily going against the run of play.

Like Aubameyang, scorer from the penalty spot, but above all close to giving his team the advantage in added time with a sublime dive... on the crossbar, the Marseillais did not give up. Defensively, by remaining compact in the axis, but also offensively where they failed several times to take an undoubtedly definitive advantage. The Gabonese international striker from OM was the symbol of this conquering attitude. Even with one less player. He always made the necessary races to press and try to receive harmless balls.


Some may discuss his exclusion, deeming it legitimate or not, but the Cameroonian striker, starting after his miracle equalizer against Toulouse (2-2), last Sunday, did too much. His failed checks are, in part, responsible for his far too frequent excesses of commitment. His two faults, which led to a double yellow card, were not invented by Marc Bollengier, referee of the match. Even if the latter was not a big player in the meeting either. In particular by whistling a penalty for OM which looks like compensation.

While we saw the Niçois unfold after Moumbagna's red card, it was quite the opposite. Yes, they had possession of the ball. Yes, they equalized, notably thanks to a catastrophic recovery from Murillo. But we didn't have the feeling of seeing a team that wanted to go crazy to bring down its opponent. The Aiglons had their best chances in the first half, when OM played with all their strength. A sufficiency problem? This match also shows that Nice is a dangerous team in counterattack, but not in attack. Not a new thing...

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