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Season 7 Preview: Marseille hopeful new manager Hokie79 can bring in trophies
With the season starting up, Manager Hokie79 has taken the reigns on Marseille, in hopes to bring in trophy and promotion to Serie A. This season will bring about many challenges, but equipped with a talented squad perfect for his style of play, he plans on getting back to the winning track. His stint in London was not successful, and the bitter taste of relegation still lingers.
"I did my best with Fulham but the squad just wasnt right. In Marseille, I feel confident the goals will come. The defense need to improve and that is something I will emphasize this season."
Recent polls are picking OM to win Serie B, but Hokie79 is all too aware of the difference between expectations and performance on the pitch. It is a new season, with alot of new faces and teams - the competition will be tough and the season is long but the goal remains the same. Win the league and get promoted and hope to win the Coppa as well.
Match Day 1: Marseille vs SantosManager Head to Head Record: 0-0-0 vs krtgolfingLast Game: N/APrediction: Marseille 4-1 Santos (via Game of the week) Match Facts2 Goals 011 Shots 78 SOT 345 Possession 5511 Tackles 121 Fouls 11 Offsides 01 Corners 00 00 0 Valbuena (64') Remy Remy (70') Ayew
Match Day 1 Review: Marseille starts campaign with 2-0 win vs Santos
Marseille got off to a bright start to their campaign with a nervy 2-0 win. The game started off slowly as expected - with the French side wary of the pace and skill of Santos. The first half hour presented very little action in the final third as both teams were feeling each other - afterall this is their first encounter ever. The first half ended with a couple chances for the home side, but the GK were equal to all of it and it was scoreless at the half.
Marseille pushed the tempo a little bit in the second half, and it paid off when Remy's dangerous cross found an unmarked Valbuena for the breakthrough - a powerful volley to open his account. Marseille continued to push and once again found a quick counter attack - this time Remy who pulled away from the defense and beat the GK easily with a well placed finish. At 2-0, Santos seemed to change their attack but the French side was able to keep their clean sheet at home.
"I thought it was a good first match. It was hard to say what to expect since this is our first encounter and first game of the season. That first goal is always a relief and from there we just rode our momentum. I am proud of the clean sheet - with their players it's a great achievement."
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Match Day 2: Celtic vs Marseille Manager Head to Head Record: 2-2-0 vs BigSmooth33Last Game: N/APrediction: Celtic 1-1 Marseille
Marseille goes on offensive but only draws Celtic 2-2
A trip to Ireland was next for OM, and things started brightly for the french side. The free flowing game and speed was on display with a few early chances. Celtic also got in the action with a near goal but the opener was created by Cheyrou when he spotted Remy's run thru the middle - he had Valbuena as well but Remy opted for his right foot to make it 1-0. The Irish was lucky to be not behind by more in the next few minutes as once again Forster denied everything that went his way - and in the end of the half, his valiant effort was rewarded when Stokes got the ball in the box and in one smooth turn equalized with a wicked shot to the top corner.
The second half started the same, but some frustration started to seep in Marseille. They kept attacking and kept getting turned back. The frustration started to open up some gaps in their own back four that Hooper almost took advantage of - but this one would end in hectic fashion. the last 5 minutes was open play - and in the 90', Ayew cut in and found the ball for a double bank goal - that looked like the winner. But the home side had one last attack and made use of it - with the French side CBs once again unable to clear the ball properly and close out a game. This time, a mistimed header clearance left the ball in the spot with Forrest and Mandanda scrambling for it - and the game ended 2-2.
"That was 2 points lost on our end - we gave possibly our best performance of the year so far - but when we wait for the whistle to blow then you lose focus and let in silly goals at the end of halves. This is becoming the standard here now and I must change before we lose too many points. An away result here is always good - but with the way we played tonight, it doesnt feel good.
Match Day 3: Marseille vs FrankfurtManager Head to Head Record: 0-0-0 vs Isaac OyerLast Game: N/APrediction: Marseille 2-2 Frankfurt
Match Facts1 Goals 17 Shots 174 SOT 750 Possession 5015 Tackles 100 Fouls 21 Offsides 02 Corners 20 00 0 Ayew (48') Amalfatino Meier (89') Shwegler Match Day 3 Review: Marseille happy with a 1-1 draw against Frankfurt
Frankfurt made themselves at home at the Velodrome as Marseille was outclassed in a 1-1 draw against the German side. The first half saw a lopsided game which the German side will rue missing plenty of chances for the opener. Marseille couldnt get into a rhythm in this first ever encounter against the managers - and it looked as if the French side would be in for a long one. Luckily, Mandanda was at his finest, keeping it scoreless at the half. The second half saw a more even game, with OM finally getting into their passing game, and in their first attack, Ayew beat his man to head home the opener. A surprising 1-0 lead, and the momentum begininning to swing, the Velodrome came alive. Marseille took control of the game, and this time it's them who had chances to double their lead but didnt take it. At the end, Frankfurt got their deserved point, as Meier latched to a long ball after confusion from the French CBs - paving the way to a dramatic equalizer at the 89th minute. Manager Hokie79 can be seen furious at yet another last minute goal allowed by his defense - but in retrospect he is happy with the point given the poor overall performance by his team.
"I wanted to steal all 3 points there - at home and completely outclassed, a 1-0 score would have been an early gift for me. Alas, Frankfurt was the better team and if I am being honest, the 1 point for us is generous today. We must play better in the next game."
Match Day 4: Hoffenheim vs Marseille Manager Head to Head Record: 1-3-0 vs IJGatorLast Game: W 2-0 (Fulham vs Corinthians Season 6)Prediction: Hoffenheim 2-2 Marseille
Match Facts0 Goals 24 Shots 144 SOT 1149 Possession 5111 Tackles 200 Fouls 21 Offsides 02 Corners 40 00 0 Remy (13') Amalfatino Valbuena (64') Barton
Marseille wins 2-0 in Germany against Hoffenheim as Remy continues to shine
Marseille's offense continues to create chances and Remy continues his great form in the early season. His half volley early in the game set the tone for the match. Marseille kept the pressure early and often and should have doubled their lead with various chances - but Hoffenheim's GK made brilliant saves - a couple on 1:1 situations. The French defense also played their part with a stifling display - however the Germans had great chances that could have changed the game. The second half started the same - but with less possession from the French side. However, Valbuena doubled the lead with a brilliant header - getting in front of his marker from the spot. From there, Marseille set up shop and looked to counter to go ahead and 2-0.
"We looked good early, and in spots in the second half. We left alot of goals out on the field, but with a clean sheet you only need 1 goal to win. The 3 points is what we wanted and that's what we got - against a tough opponent away - it is a great result for us"
Match Day 5: Marseille vs Stuttgart Manager Head to Head Record: 1-0-0 vs Frenchie1916Last Game: 3-1 Friendly (OM vs Stuttgart)Prediction: Marseille 2-1 Stuttgart
Match Facts *2 Goals 014 Shots 26 SOT 144 Possession 5623 Tackles 190 Fouls01 Offsides 02 Corners 20 00 0 Fanni (7') Valbuena Fanni (77') N/A * This game was continued b/c of DC - played 53' (37 from initial game) - stats reflect full game of 2nd game with Fanni's first goal added to shots total. Fanni's brace beats Stuttgart as Marseille gets 2-0 winWith the offense sputtering as of late with finishing, it was the unlikeliest hero that came up big for Marseille in their 2-0 win over Stuttgart at the Velodrome. Fanni, known more for his physical defense display in the heart of the defense, came up with 2 big goals - both from set pieces as once again the French side created plenty in open play but couldnt convert. The early goal came from a corner as Fanni was first to a swinging corner from Valbuena. The German side played a patient offense, controlling possession, but broke down in the final third. They were in it until the last quarter - as OM missed chance after chance. Finally, Fanni battled for a a loose rebound after a save from a free kick - managing to squeeze it in under the keeper for the final scoreline. Manager Hokie79 once again very critical for the way his offense has wasted chances.... "Fanni came up big for us - I much rather have my strikers and forwards scoring the goals. If we have to rely on our defenders for everything, we will not win anything this season."
Match Day 6: Wolfsburg vs Marseille Manager Head to Head Record: 0-0-1 vs LasVegasFCLast Game: N/APrediction: Wolfsburg 3-2 Marseille 4 [Goals] 09 [Shots] 158 [Shots on Target] 741% [Possession] 59%12 [Tackles] 140 [Fouls] 288% [Shot Accuracy] 46%68% [Pass Accuracy] 85%3 [Corners] 30 10 0 J. Barton (57')[Goals] Vieirinha (27') Vieirinha (69') Vieirinha (73') Vieirinha (77')
Wolfsburg counters with 4goals to rout Marseille 4-0
Match Day 7: Lokomotiv Moscow vs Marseille Manager Head to Head Record: 0-0-0 vs jb_bancoLast Game: N/APrediction: Marseille 3-2 Lokomotiv Moscow Match Facts1 Goals 312 Shots 116 SOT 846 Possession 5414 Tackles 102 Fouls 11 Offsides 00 Corners 20 00 0 Valbuena (60') RemyValbuena (64')AyewMaicon(67')TBDAmalfatino (79')RemyMOTM - Kabore Marseille picks up 3 points in Russia with 3-1 win over Lokomotiv
Moscow - Marseille travelled to Russia and managed to pick up all the points in a tightly contested winning 3-1 against Lokomotiv Moscow. This was the first matchup between the fellow Serie B sides, and the first half was mostly the home side taking it to their visitors. Marseilles defense was able to hold on, and as the half came, it became a more even match. All the goals came in the last half hour of this match, with Valbuena getting back to back goals in a span of 4 minutes. The first when Remy slotted him thru - a quick half volley was enough to beat the onrushing keeper. The second came on a brilliant inside run, and this time Remy once again found him - a quick touch and once again the ball found the back of the net. The Russians wasnt fazed at all, and they found the French side still celebrating and napping, with a ball over the top and Maicon first to it and shrugging off defenders able to easily get one back. However, the French side avoided the equalizer a couple times, before putting the game to bed when Amalfatino lashed a shot in from outside the box from a layoff from Ayew. The win puts OM to second in the group behind league toppers QPR - who is in great form not having dropped points since the opening stages of the season.
Match Day 8: Marseille vs EspanyolManager Head to Head Record: 2-0-0 vs RogerLast Game: N/APrediction: Marseille 3-1 Espanyol
Premier Cup Round 2: QPR vs Marseille Manager Head to Head Record: 4-0-10 vs BESHIKTASLast Game: QPR 2-0 Marseille (Friendly)Prediction: QPR 2-2 Marseille 5-3 PKs Match Facts0 Goals 14 Shots 80 SOT 445 Possession 5510 Tackles 132 Fouls 00 Offsides 12 Corners 00 00 0 Remy (21') AyewClean Sheet - MadandaMOTM - Morel Marseille pulls of gritty 1-0 victory over QPR in gusty conditions London - In a gusty day in London, Marseille was able to keep the home side at bay with a 1-0 win over Serie B rival QPR. In an unexpected defensive match, mostly due to the weather conditions, Remy found the winner early on in the game with a looping header to the far post that Cesar could only watch. The French side was still able to use their speed to get into good positions, but their passing and crosses in the final third failed them for most of the game. Remy had a couple other clear chances to double the lead, but Cesar was up to the challenge on both shots. In the end, the first matchup of the Serie B table toppers ended up 1-0 for the French side. This is only the appetizer of their league run as they face each other two more times in Serie B.
Match Day 9: Hamburg vs Marseille Manager Head to Head Record: 1-0-1 vs UCanHateMeNowLast Game: N/APrediction: Hamburger 2-2 Marseille Match Facts2 Goals 39 Shots 178 SOT 1548 Possession 5213 Tackles 212 Fouls 11 Offsides 02 Corners 20 10 0 Ayew (56') Amalftino Ayew (67') RemyAmalfatino (69')AyewVD Vaart (73')SonVD Vaart (79')Beister FanniMOTM - VD Vaart Marseille almost squanders 3 goal lead as they beat Hamburger 3-2 Germany - Marseille went on the offensive, but couldn't score against the resilient German squad until a 3 goal explosion in the second half in this 3-2 thriller against Hamburger. Ayew scored 2 goals in 11 minutes followed by a third by Amalfatino in what seemed like a comfortable 3-0 lead heading to the final quarter of the game. However, VDV pegged one back and minutes later pulled the Germans even closer as the French side tried to shut it and play the counter. After the second, manager Hokie79 changed his formation and subbed for a more defensive side - and managed to hold on (barely) against Hamburger.
Match Day 10: Stade Rennes vs Marseille Manager Head to Head Record: 0-0-0 vs Last Game: N/A
Stade Rennes wins close battle of France with gutsy 1-0 win over Marseille
Match Day 11: QPR vs Marseille Manager Head to Head Record: 4-0-9 vs BeshiktasLast Game: N/APrediction: QPR 2-1 League leaders expands lead as Taarabt steals all 3 points in London - beating rivals Marseille 1-0
TFS Coppa R16: Marseille vs PSVManager Head to Head Record: 1-0-1 vs redwings8831Last Game: N/APrediction: Marseille 2-1 PSV Match Facts 4 Goals 212 Shots 158 SOT 854 Possession 4615 Tackles 102 Fouls 01 Offsides 01 Corners 50 00 0 Mertens (13') Hutchinson Wijnaldum (24') DerjickAyew (68')Cheyrou Barton (72')Cheyrou Ayew (80')Valbuena Remy (88') None MOTM - Ayew Marseille comes from 2 goals down with 4 goals to win 4-2 against PSV in Coppa Round 16 match Marseille woke up just in time to continue their Cup run in an exciting 4-2 win against Dutch side PSV. The Serie C table toppers controlled the entire first half, attack early and often. Marseille continues their sloppy and rigorous play - creating only 2 shots - 1 on target - in the opening stanza. Meanwhile, the Dutch were passing and moving with ease - Mertens easily losing his marker and dribbled untouch for an easy opener beating Madanda cooly with a low shot near post. Wijnaldum doubled things up with an absolute screamer 23 yards out from the corner of the box to the far right corner of the goal - Madanda had no chance and the French side were stunned down 2-0 at halftime. The second half started the same, and OM was lucky to not be behind by more, as Madanda kept them in the game. Suddenly, left with no choice, OM went out in all attack - and Ayew finally broke their over 275 minutes of no goals, with an innocent header. But it was enough to remind the French side of how to score, and in a few minutes, Cheyrou found Barton's run, and with a little bit of luck, the equalizer was in the near post. The momentum swung, and the Velodrome was rocking and it went nuts when Ayew found his second with 10 minutes to go. With the 3-2 lead, OM sat back and got their last goal with a swift counter that Remy put away off a rebound for the final 4-2 tally.
Premier Cup Round 16: Montpellier vs MarseilleManager Head to Head Record: 0-3-3 vs vipermansaLast Game: Fulham 4-4 MontpellierPrediction: Montpellier 2-2 wins 5-3 in PKsMatch Facts2 Goals 39 Shots 136 SOT 848 Possession 529 Tackles 170 Fouls 10 Offsides 13 Corners 30 00 0 Utaka (16') None Ayew (24') Remy Cabella (36') None Remy (50') Ayew Ayew (93') NoneMOTM - AyewAyew's brace helps Marseille come back twice to beat French rivals Montpellier 3-2 [AET] in Premier Cup matchIt was another exciting game between these two managers, but for the first time in his TFS career, Manager Hokie79 was able to defeat rival vipermansa in this Premier Cup clash - with Marseille escaping with a 3-2 victory over Montpellier. In what was a suprisingly sloppy match for the managers, it was Montpellier who first drew blood after a boneheaded play by Madanda who left his box but instead of clearing the ball, tried to play from the back only to lose it for what could possibly be Utaka's easiest goal of the season. OM responded though, and this time it was a mixup in the back four for Montpellier that allowed Ayew to easily split the centre halves and run around the keeper for another open netter to equalize. With the middle of the park wide open, the sloppy play of OM led to the next goal by Cabella, this time an simple thru ball to him for yet another easy goal for a 2-1 HT lead. A change in tactics provided the spark early in the second half as Remy was able to put away a cross with a well placed header for the equalizer. At 2-2, the match played out rather evenly, with each teams missing their chances - however at injury time Montpellier had 2 chances to win it - only for Madanda to come up big once and another easy chance wasted. In extra time, an early scramble inside the box led to the winner, as Ayew found a loose ball and powered it to the roof of the goal. From there, Marseille did all it could to hang on to the victory - but not before 3 more chances Montpellier wished they had converted. So OM continues their great Cup form and advances to the next round - waiting who they will draw next week. GG vipermansa -- always a good game with you man, finally glad i actually picked up a win against you after 3 seasons!
Match Day 12: Santos vs MarseilleManager Head to Head Record: 1-0-0 vs krtgolfingLast Game: 2-0 MarseillePrediction: Hamburger 2-1 MarseilleMatch Facts0 Goals 110 Shots 127 SOT 351 Possession 499 Tackles 232 Fouls 11 Offsides 07 Corners 10 00 0 Remy (40') BartonMOTM - MadandaClean Sheet - Madanda
Marseille picks up crucial 1-0 win versus Santos in Brazil - Remy with the winner
Brazil - Marseille travelled to Brazil and are coming back with all 3 points with a tightly contested 1-0 victory over Santos. It was close throughout, and Santos kept the ball away from the French potent offense - but late in the second half, Marseille found the opener in a mad scramble in the box. The ball was chipped over the top for Barton, who managed to beat out the onrushing keeper for the ball with a slight header. With the GK down and the ball popping up, it was Remy first to reach to easily nod the ball to the back of the net. Surprisingly, that would be enough for the win - as Marseille's offense was kept quiet and misfired throughout the game. Meanwhile, Santos had the better chances to equalize, but couldnt manage a breakthrough, as Madanda kept his clean sheet.
Match Day 13: Marseille vs CelticManager Head to Head Record: 2-3-0 vs BigSmooth33Last Game: 2-2 DrawPrediction: Celtic 1-1 Marseille Match Facts4 Goals 120 Shots 612 SOT 550 Possession 5021 Tackles 100 Fouls 00 Offsides 16 Corners 00 00 0 Hooper (10') Ledley Ayew (24') ValbuenaRemy (27')Ayew Remy (69')Valbuena Remy (80')AyewMOTM - Ayew Remy's hat-trick powers Marseille over Celtic for 7th straight victory LOM continud their win streak - bringing it to seven as they beat Celtic 4-1 at the Velodrome. After a bad start, that saw Hooper constantly beating the centre halves and finding the opener in 10 minutes, Marseille was able to regroup and come from behind once again. It was the combination of Ayew and Remy up front that terrorized the Irish defense - each scoring within 3 minutes of each other to take a 2-1 lead into HT. The second half, it was all Marseille, as their defense was able to hold Celtic to minimal chances, and the deadly counter producing two more goals for the final score line. The win streak is slowly bringing Marseille closer to the top of the table, but the manager insists they are not scoreboard watching.
"The season is long, and we are enjoying are current form of picking up maximum points. Will it continue? I dont think so, but I hope it goes long enough to see us on top. We have 2 other Cup competitions as well, so it will be a tough few weeks coming up. We really arent concerned about the other teams on top of us right now - we are focused on winning our games."
Match Day 14: Frankfurt vs MarseilleManager Head to Head Record: 0-1-0 vs Isaac OyerLast Game: Marseille 1-1 FrankfurtPrediction: Marseille 2-1 Frankfurt Match Facts0 Goals 38 Shots 205 SOT 1243 Possession 5718 Tackles 292 Fouls 12 Offsides 00 Corners 50 00 0 Ayew(20') CheyrouRemy (50')ValbuenaKoulou (55')ValbuenaMOTM - MadandaClean Sheet - Madanda Marseille continues sparkling form with impressive 3-0 win over Frankfurt Frankfurt - Marseille wins their 9th straight game (6th league game) in this makeup game with an easy 3-0 win versus Frankfurt. The reverse fixture was surprisingly different from the first meeting - this game was wide open from the beginning and that was an advantage for L'OM. Remy and Ayew quickly became a thorn in the German defense with their pace and quickness - and it wasn't long until Ayew found himself free for a free shot that was saved but a free rebound opened things up. It was only 1-0 in HT, but Marseille missed a few more easy chances as they had as 12-2 shot advantage. The French broke the game open early in the second half, with Remy recording his 16th goal (all comps) with a nice move inside the box and netting in the top corner. The third goal came from a corner, as Koulou got his first goal of the year with a towering header. Valbuena was influential in the attack and Cheyrou led a stable defensive front to keep the clean sheet. "Do I think the streak will come to an end? Yes it will - but hopefully not until we have some trophies. We have a tough schedule ahead of us, so we musnt get too confident. One loss can lead to a spiral - we are well aware of that. If we play like we did tonight - i expect good things to continue."
Match Day 15: Marseille vs HoffenheimManager Head to Head Record: 2-3-0 vs IJGatorLast Game: W 2-0 MarseillePrediction: Hoffenheim 1-2 Marseille Match Facts1 Goals 217 Shots 79 SOT 448 Possession 5213 Tackles 202 Fouls 21 Offsides 02 Corners 10 00 0 D Williams (13') Rudy Remy (39') Ayew Remy (45') AmalfatinoMOTM - Remy Marseille wins 6th straight with 2-1 comeback against Hoffenheim Marseille continues their hot form as they win their 6th in a row in all competition. Remy's double helps the French side come back from an early 1-0 deficit vs Hoffenheim. In the early going, the Germans were in control of the game - frustrating LOM offense. They grabbed the early opener off a rebound. It took awhile before Marseille found their rhythm, but the equalizer was on when Ayew put Remy thru with a slicing pass in the box that Remy finished easily. A few minutes later, Hoffenheim was caught napping in injury time, and Remy outran the defense and went around the keeper for the winner. The second half, Marseille began to dominate, hitting the post 2x and missing a handful of chances that kept the game close. In the end, it was a valuable 3 points as they try to keep pace with the top 3 teams in Serie B.
Match Day 16: Stuttgart vs MarseilleManager Head to Head Record: 2-0-0 vs Frenchie1916Last Game: 2-0 MarseillePrediction: Marseille 2-1 Stuttgart Match Facts0 Goals 15 Shots 113 SOT 656 Possession 4410 Tackles 171 Fouls 01 Offsides 02 Corners 30 00 0 Fanni (34') ValbuenaMOTM - AmalfatinoClean Sheet - Madanda Marseille sneaks past Stuttgart as Fanni scores again versus the GermansFanni scores the winner early as L'OM picks up 3 points and continue their win streak at 5. Amazingly, all the goals in this matchup has been scored by the bulky centreback - all in set pieces. Once again, the Germans controlled possession and flow of the game, limiting the French to counters and the occasional dangerous attack. They held the talented side to limited chances, but in a corner midway thru the first half, it was Fanni attacking the ball easily beating the keeper. Both teams were kept in check, with the French side almost doubling their lead in a couple instances in the second. They almost paid for it at the death, when Stuttgart had a clear cut chance that Madanda miraculously saved. Marseille is steadily gaining momentum but they have plenty of work ahead as Serie B leaders are pulling away with points as well.
Premier Cup Semi-Final: Montpellier vs Hannover 96Manager Head to Head Record: 1-0-1 vs rschwepLast Game: Fulham 0-3 ColognePrediction: Hannover 2-1 AET Match Facts2 Goals 09 Shots 93 SOT 450 Possession 5015 Tackles 61 Fouls 11 Offsides 12 Corners 20 00 0 Amalfatino (4') Valbuena Ayew (37') Remy Clean Sheet - MadandaMOTM - Amalfatino Marseille stuns German juggernaut Hanover 96 2-0 to advance to Cup Final for 8th straight win France - Hannover 96 travelled to France for a clash against in form Marseille with a trip to the Premier Cup final on the line. The Velodrome was rocking early before kickoff, and the French fans didnt have to wait long to up the decibels as Marseille took an early opener with the help of lady luck - Amalfatino found space in the edge of the box and unleashed a shot that deflected off the defender - sending the keeper sprawling too early as the Germans could only watch the ball trickle over the line. The early goal removed the jitters, and the game was on - a relatively even and careful match - as L'OM knew the offensive prowess of their opponent. Hannover had a couple chances for the equalizer - but they went wide and the goal posts saved the other. It would be prove crucial as Ayew was able to double the lead in tight quarters - able to get a quick shot around 4 defenders for the 2-0 HT lead. At HT, Hokie79 decided to switch to a more defensive formation and play the counter - and it almost failed early in the second half as twice the Germans applied pressure and again only the goal post denied a goal. The rest of the game saw the French stay disciplined defensively and managed to limit the chances from Hannover to hold on to the clean sheet and 2-0 victory. The win propels Marseille to the Cup final to face off against Zikry and Sao Paulo.
"The early goal was important, it made us relax and gave us confidence. From there we were able to play our game. I was told it was the first clean sheet against them - I am even more proud of my team after hearing that. We knew coming in we couldnt afford any mistakes. We made a couple and luckily we didnt pay - lady luck is French i guess." - Hokie79
Match Day 17: Marseille vs WolfsburgManager Head to Head Record: 0-0-2 vs LasVegasFCLast Game: Wolfsburg 4-0 MarseillePrediction: Wolfsburg 2-2 Marseille Match Facts4 Goals 317 Shots 129 SOT 656 Possession 4412 Tackles 154 Fouls 21 Offsides 01 Corners11 00 0 Vieirinha (17') Olic Pilar (37') Vieirinha Remy (45') Valbuena Olic (51') Vieirinha Remy (60') Ayew Remy (76') Amalfatino Remy (80') Ayew Cheyrou Remy's blasts four goals in stunning 4-3 comeback win against Wolfsburg - OM wins 10th straightFrance - In the beginning, it was a repeat of the first leg of the matchup with Wolfsburg patiently waiting for the deadly counters and being clinical with their chances. The first half resembled the 4-0 drubbing Marseille received in Germany - but Remy gave them a lifeline with a 45' goal - and in injury time Ayew almost equalized but badly timed his header. Still, up 2-1, Wolfsburg was comfortable - but the French side made tactical changes to change things up. The second half saw a dominating effort from Marseille, but a goal by Olic against the run of play made it 3-1 - and things looked bleak as the French side missed easy chances time and time again - hitting the post 2x and Ayew unable to round the keeper another time. But the last half hour turned into the Remy and Ayew show. The dynamic duo continued their recent form combining for 2 goals as the French side went all out stealing all 3 points at the Velodrome wtih an improbable 4-3 win. The win was L'OM 10th straight victory in all competition, and 7th straight in league play bringing them within distance of Serie B table topper QPR and the Invincibles of Rennes. "IT was a surprising comeback - at 3-1 I felt the next goal will decide the game. At home, the tide changed and we rode the fans and Remy for the win. I feel like our luck is running out though - we must enjoy the ride as long as it lasts. We prioritize the League first of course, but the Cups are also big matches to win"
Match Day 20: Marseille vs QPR Match Facts3 Goals 315 Shots 1412 SOT 1149 Possession 5117 Tackles 152 Fouls 11 Offsides 05 Corners 41 10 0 A. Johnson (16') N/A Remy (25') Kabore Valbuena (28') Ayew Cisse (42') Hoillett Diakite (66') N/A Diawara (90') Amalfatino Remy (80') Ayew Valbuena and J ParkMOTM - Kabore Marseille bid for trophy ends with 3-3 draw against table topper QPR
France - It was a match Marseille had to win to have a glimmer of hope for the title, and a match that QPR had to win to clinch the title. The game played out as two heavyweights brawling it out for the top prize - with both defense going out the window. The pace of the game was frenetic and back and forth, and it was the visitors who got the opener when Johnson to the end of a magnificent save by Madanda - first to react, first to the rebound and first to score. That rocked the home side but they wer e able to steady the ship and countered with a quick brace. First Remy got to the end of an early cross, volleying home the equalizer. On the next attack, Ayew manage to rid of his marker and found pulled it back to Valbuena for the go ahead 2-1 goal. QPR was on their backheel, and Remy could have made it 3-1, instead hit the post and watched the ball travel across the width of the goal line and out of the net for a corner. QPR recovered and found an easy equalizer when Koulou was caught off position, and Cisse shrugging him to the side to slide home for a 2-2 HT line. The second half saw much of the same albeit less clinical than the first. There were multiple chances from both side but QPR took the lead again with Diakite once again first to a loose ball and grabbing the 3-2 lead. Marseille pushed for a goal and it looked like QPR will get all three points, until the last corner. With the manager subbing in Diawara and Gignac, Valbuena put in a tasty corner that Diawara was able to attack for the equalizer at the death. It was a fantastic game for the neutrals and for QPR, but the result ended L'OMs 7 league match streak as well as their bid for the Serie B title. Their focus now shifts to securing automatic promotion to Serie A.
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