Ligue 1: Winner in Toulouse, Marseille retains second place before his big meeting against PSG

Thanks to his success torn Sunday evening on the lawn of the Toulousains (3-2), OM has 5 points behind the Parisian leader, which he will find next Sunday for an important classic in the title race .

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Under pressure after the victory in the afternoon of Monaco, Olympique de Marseille responded by winning, Sunday, February 19, on the lawn of Toulouse (3-2), which allows him to Recover your second place, at the end of the 24 e day of Ligue 1.

With this sixth consecutive success outside its bases, OM confirmed its status as a best team from the championship outside, despite a complicated first half. The Toulousains, who will have other opportunities to quickly ensure their maintenance, offered a completely different resistance than in the first leg (6-1), in December, the day after the World Cup.

Violets, worn by their audience, struck from the outset (3 e ) by their man in the form of the moment, the young Dutch trigger Thijs Dallinga, author of her eighth goal in 2023 all Competitions combined, on a Danish right side center Mikkel Desler.

The Marseillais, after having quickly reacted by Jonathan Clauss and Nuno Tavares were curiously apathetic while, eliminated from the European Cup, they had not played in the middle of the week. Overwhelmed by the rapid projections of Téfécé, still as comfortable in counter, they could even have conceded the station wagon without a precious double rescue of Pau Lopez in front of Dallinga and Anthony Rouault (18 e


A team metamorphosed in the second period

Olympian coach Igor Tudor must have gone to his players to his players at halftime. One of them, the Moroccan international Azzedine Ounahi, whom he had established for the first time since his arrival at the transfer window from Angers, has not returned to the field. Very discreet during the first act, like many of his teammates, he was replaced by the Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovskyi, another winter recruit.

It only took two corners, in the space of seven minutes, to switch the match. First thanks to the Chancel Mbemba defender (1-1, 52 e ), opportunistic, then to the Turkish striker Cengiz ünder (2-1, 59 e ), of a beautiful volley validated after the intervention of the Var.

Tavares, much more sharp in the second half, thought he had been definitively sheltered (3-1, 78 e ). But the TFC, which has been part of the year since the most prolific attacks of the five major European championships since the start of the year, has not given up. After the reduction in the gap signed Ado Onaiwu (3-2), the Brazilian Ratao, another volley, further increased the volume in the stands of the stadium, where the Haut-Garonnais n ‘Has more beaten Marseille, their bane, since 2007.

Toulouse, whose maintenance, with 32 points, is already well embarked, will not have to be ashamed of this second defeat of the year 2023 after that conceded in Paris. Especially since after having chained PSG, Rennes and OM, a more affordable triptych awaits him in the coming weeks with Reims, Clermont and Angers.

“More pressure” by playing on Sunday evening, for Tudor

In the accounting obligation to win to avoid the bad operation of the weekend after the successes in the afternoon of the other four members of the top 5 (Paris against Lille 4-3, Monaco in Brest 2- 1, Lens facing Nantes 3-1 and Rennes against Clermont 2-0), OM has completed its contract. And can project itself more serenely on his next meeting against Paris Saint-Germain.

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“It was important for us to win, noted the Croatian coach of OM, Igor Tudor. There is more pressure when we play last [on Sunday evening]. guy wanted to arrive in the next match [against Paris] after a victory. “

Five points separate the Parisian leader from his Marseille runner -up before this long -awaited reunion next Sunday at the Vélodrome (8:45 p.m.) for a classic who will count in the title race, and a revenge match for Parisians, that OM eliminated on February 8 in the round of 16 of the French Cup.

/Media reports cited above.