In a stadium-Velodrome very hostile to its players, Olympique de Marseille failed to take the best of Monaco and reassure its supporters.

By Youmni Kezzouf Posted yesterday at 23h40, updated at 01h11

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Marseille and Monaco have gone back to back
Marseille and Monaco have left back to back Claude Paris / AP

The match of fear will have no winner. In a particular context of hostile hostility on the part of OM supporters, Marseille and Monaco tied 1-1 on Sunday 13 January.

From the pre-game, the Vélodrome expressed its dissatisfaction, with a lot of virulent banners that criticized the players and the presidency of the club. Eliminated two cups, ninth in Ligue 1 before the game, the Marseillais had to get out of the Monegasque trap to revive.

In front of them, Monaco lined a team reinforced by some winter recruits, including Cesc Fabregas, arrived from Chelsea to strengthen the midfield. The Spaniard did good to the team of Thierry Henry, who was able to enjoy some openings of the rookie in the construction of the game.

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Marseille starts well

However, it was OM who started the game better, completely smothering a Monaco team that was too curled up on its bases. Not surprisingly, it was a Marseillais, Maxime Lopez, who opened the scoring in this encounter with a beautiful strike from a distance that deceived Diego Benaglio. But the players of Rudi Garcia then lost the thread, to the point of allowing Monaco to settle in their camp, until the equalization of Youri Tielemans.

The second half was especially an opportunity to see the Vélodrome's hostility go up a notch, when the fans began to applaud each Monegasque pass and to whistle each ball touch of OM players. On the field, the two teams mostly seemed to be afraid of defeat, and stopped taking risks.

OM remains ninth

OM thought they had the win, thanks to an unexpected goal from Florian Thauvin at the 75e minute. But after a video referee intervention, the goal was canceled for a foul by Lucas Ocampos on the Monaco goalkeeper. This missed opportunity will at least have awakened the Marseillais, who launched the assault of the goal of the opponent, without success. At the end of the match, Monaco even had the opportunity to win the match, but Tielemans, beautifully served by rookie Fabregas, missed the frame.

This draw does not help anyone: the dissatisfaction of the fans is not appeased, nor the attitude of the fans facing the players after the meeting could illustrate. OM have not won in Ligue 1 since the end of November, and remain in ninth place.

Monegasque side, the draw is certainly not a good accounting operation, but Thierry Henry can at least be satisfied with the contribution of his recruits. Ballo Toure was very good on the left side of the defense, and Cesc Fabregas showed he could bring a lot to midfield.

Youmni Kezzouf

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