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Ligue 1: OM, thanks to Mitroglou, snatches the draw in Strasbourg after a game crazy

Ⓒ AFP – PATRICK HERTZOG – | The striker Kostas Mitroglou (c) snatches the draw for Marseille against Strasbourg at La Meinau, 15 October 2017

Marseille scored the draw, thanks in particular to Kostas Mitroglou who equalized at the end of the game (3-3) on the lawn of the promoted Strasbourg after a crazy match, but OM lost its place on the podium on Sunday at the end of the 9th day.

OM, who remained on three consecutive successes in the championship, nevertheless took the lead twice with goals from Dimitri Payet (5) and Morgan Sanson (48), but then fell asleep and was punished by of Alsatian volunteers and rather successful.

Thus, the goals of Jean-Eudes Aholou (31) and Dimitri Liénard (74) came from strikes diverted by Marseillais. On the other hand, that of Bakary Koné owed nothing to anyone (60).

Luckily for Marseille, Kostas Mitroglou, who played his first minutes in the league since his arrival in early September, equalized at the very end of the match (88).

The Phocaeans will still regret the many missed opportunities and can thank their goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who carried out many rescues even though he conceded three goals.

By keeping the cages for the 453rd time, record of the club, “Il Fenomeno” has also entered a little more in the history of Olympique Marseille.

He doubled Roger Scotti, the offensive midfielder from 1942 to 1958, according to the count of OM’s unofficial historian Gilles Castagno, who has compiled all the match sheets of the club since its birth in 1899.

With this draw, the players of Rudi Garcia fall to fourth place (17 points) and did not prepare ideally the + Clasico + against the Paris SG which will be held next Sunday at the stadium Vélodrome.

– Strasbourg misses the inevitable –

Strasbourg, which has not won since the second day, has passed close to a success of prestige. The men of Thierry Laurey remain penultimate with 6 points.

On his first opportunity, OM punished the Racing: Mitroglou shifted Jordan Amavi, which centered back for Payet, who scored flat foot (0-1, 5).

After attempts by Anthony Gonçalves (12) and Terrier (16), the RCSA finally equalized, with success: alerted in the surface, Terrier stumbled on Mandanda, pushing Aholou deviated by Hiroki Sakai then Adil Rami (1-1, 31).

Worn by his fabulous audience who filled and inflamed the Meinau, Racing was pushing and Nuno Da Costa was close to scoring (36).

OM, who had stopped playing until the equalizer Strasbourg, missed in two minutes two opportunities to regain the advantage. Nie, served wonderfully by Florian Chauvin, missed the frame (34), then Mitroglou, launched perfectly by Payet, lost his duel against Bingourou Kamara (36).

As soon as the match was over, OM bought back by taking the lead thanks to Sanson, whose center deceived Kamara, embarrassed by Mitroglou and Koné (1-2, 48).

The RCSA was back on the attack, and Terrier, the most dangerous of the Strasburgers, still put Mandanda to task (56, 58). On a corner of Liénard, it was Koné who found the fault of the head by taking the best on Rami (2-2, 60).

After delivering a decisive pass, Liénard gave the advantage to his side of a distant strike diverted by the head Rami (3-2, 74).

Strasbourg was close to aggravating the score but Stéphane Bahoken missed the unmistakable and found the post (84), and it was finally Mitroglou who offered the point of the draw to the OM by taking again a shot of Amavi badly repulsed by Kamara (3-3,88).

Results of the 9th day of the Football League 1:


Lyon – Monaco 3 – 2


Dijon – Paris SG 1 – 2

Guingamp – Rennes 2 – 0

Lille – Troyes 2 – 2

Saint-Etienne – Metz 3 – 1

Toulouse – Amiens 1 – 0

Caen – Angers 0 – 2


Bordeaux – Nantes 1 – 1

Montpellier – Nice 2 – 0

Strasbourg – Marseille 3 – 3

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