The clash between Europeans did not find a winner. Lacking resources and ideas at the end of the match, Marseille and Rennes had to settle for a draw on Sunday, during the 8th day of Ligue 1 (1-1). Each team known highlights and Mattéo Guendouzi is particularly illustrated with an own goal (25th) then the equalizer at the start of the second period (52nd). OM are temporarily alone at the top of the standings with 1 point ahead of PSG who are challenging Lyon tonight. Rennes is 8th.
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Despite their two days less recovery compared to their opponents, the Rennais stormed the Marseille area from the first seconds. Arthur Theate’s header from a corner flew just above the cage of Pau Lopez (2nd). Although OM responded with a strike from Guendouzi which also went over Steve Mandanda’s goal (8th), the Olympians continued to suffer. Still on a corner, Joe Rodon forced Lopez to push back on his line (11th).
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The sharpest Olympian throughout the match, Nuno Tavares fired a good axial shot just off the frame (17th) then another that Steve Mandanda, back in his garden and welcomed as it should be by the public at the Vélodrome, managed to push back (23rd). These two attempts, however, did not diminish the tactical dominance of Brittany. The visitors overtook their opponents by attacking quickly on the right and Guendouzi clumsily diverted the small low center of Hamari Traoré towards the cage of Lopez (0-1, 25th).
Bruno Genesio’s men pressed high, closed the corridors and took advantage of Jonathan Clauss’ failed first half while Alexis Sanchez couldn’t see the ball. If the young Désiré Doué, 17, often crashed, he also made some errors while Amine Gouiri did not weigh enough and Rennes reached the break with only a narrow lead.
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The players of Igor Tudor, themselves, raised the bar as soon as the recovery and showed a much more conquering face. Amine Harit got a corner on the left, Jordan Veretout hit him and Guendouzi redeemed himself by scoring a header at the near post (1-1, 52nd). The former Lorient player signed his first but in a good way this season and brought the Vélodrome back to life. The Olympians continued on this product and besieged the opposing camp thanks in particular to the many breakthroughs of Tavares. The Breton defenders, however, held firm.
Over the many changes, Rennes has even regained a little energy. Launched for the last quarter of an hour, Jérémy Doku made his ability to percussion speak but also sent the ball over the target on his shot from a tight angle on the right. Coming out of the Marseille bench just before, Dimitri Payet and Cengiz Ünder, they failed to really stand out despite Marseille’s offensive will in the final minutes. OM let slip their first points at home this season but will be satisfied. Even chosen for Rennes which has not yet imposed itself outside its bases but has been able to gain consistency.
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