Sunday evening, OM brought back a draw against ten Lille. Without a very great Pau Lopez and an always very fair Ünder, this would not have been possible.
At the start of the season, no one would have imagined that AS Roma could give Olympique de Marseille such a big hand by loaning them two players on whom the Louve frankly no longer counted. However, this Sunday evening, it was they who allowed OM to win a point against an enterprising Lille team before being reduced to 10 at the half-hour mark.
On the goal, obviously, the Spanish keeper of OM could not do much about the resumption of the header from Botman, abandoned by William Saliba on a corner. On the other hand, it is already him who takes the shot blocked by Duje Caleta-Car. And what about this extremely important save from a header, at close range, from Burak Yilmaz when the score was not yet tied.
Jocelyn Gourvennec, the coach of Lille, also underlined his performance: ” satisfied to have shared the points, at eleven vs eleven we had control of the match, we failed to score the second goal, Lopez made the saves. The exclusion is extremely severe, it changes the game. Even if we were rigorous. We caused a lot of problems for OM, we closed the axis. I’m happy with the self-sacrifice and shared because I think we should have played some moves. It remains a positive evening in a scenario totally against us “.
Sampaoli happy with Ünder
But he is not the only ex-Romain to have shone on this Sunday evening. Already a savior in Bordeaux, Cengiz Ünder, who was able to see a small dedication from OM supporters, absent this evening, was the only one to move and especially to find the way to the nets on a beautiful curled shot from the right, his bad foot. Inevitably, Jorge Sampaoli was delighted with this new fine performance from his left-hander.
” In the previous game he gave us the winning goal, this time he equalized, he has this sharp side, even if that level of sharpness was not enough to win this game, I think we will work on it “, explained El Pelado in a press conference. At the start of the season, not many people would have bet on these two in a team, last night, without idea and without ambition.