In a boiling, festive and unreal evening, Olympique de Marseille qualified for the Champions League by finishing second in Ligue 1 ahead of Monaco. Story of a very special evening.
There are evenings that tip over into the irrational. They are few, so when one falls on us, you have to know how to take advantage of it. This is the kind of evening that took place this Saturday evening in Marseille. OM, to qualify for the Champions’ League, had to draw at least one match against Racing Club de Strasbourg. To finish second, the Olympians had to do better than AS Monaco. They therefore did not really have their destiny between their feet.
To be convinced that it was an evening not to be missed, you had to arrive early in front of the Vélodrome. Supporters everywhere. Fans who sang, shouting before even entering the enclosure where the Dodgers, group of the north bend, would celebrate their thirty years a few moments later. From the first minutes, things got carried away, but OM couldn’t find the fault.
OM can also thank Lens
To hear a first roar from the stands, it was necessary to wait until the thirtieth minute. Moment chosen by Lens to open the scoring against Monaco and by the Dodgers to crack smoke to celebrate their birth which dates back to 1992. But before half-time, OM were going to do the job thanks to the inevitable Gerson. But in the second half, everything changed as Monaco, back just before half-time, took the lead. The Phocaeans were playing ba-ball.
Then it became possible again. OM scored the second, then the third, then the fourth goal. Only one was missing to overtake Monaco in the standings. Then everything changed again. Lens equalized in the dying seconds, propelling OM to second place. While OM play a final corner, the ball hits the hand of an Alsatian defender. But Stéphanie Frappart decided, when the Marseille bench had invaded the lawn, to stop the meeting. Then, we were clearly explained that the referee was probably going to whistle the penalty.
The C1 for Payet
We have waited a long time for this qualification, we OM followers. The fans have been waiting for it for a long time and the players and the staff have been coveting it for a long time. The stadium was obviously in turmoil, the players multiplied the hugs to Mandanda, who may have said goodbye to his club this Saturday. For Boubacar Kamara, that’s for sure. Then, Sampaoli appeared before the press.
” it’s difficult, but very emotional, I’m happy for the group, for the players, they had an incredible year. I really thank them. For the goal, I realize it because the stadium is screaming. He flared up. I saw Kamara celebrating this Lens goal. We had fun for everyone. There are the emotions of qualifying of course and doing it without our best player. We give him the opportunity to play. Luan was consistent, he had to adapt. Many players have developed. We had a good end to the season with this goal which was mine “, he expressed himself. This time OM will be in the Champions League and this time the summer will be peaceful.