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Tops / Flops Marseille-Porto: Balerdi and OM's nightmare


Zaidu Sanusi the unexpected executioner of an overwhelmed Olympique de Marseille like Leonardo Balerdi and Florian Thauvin: find the tops and flops of Marseille-Porto (0-2).


Zaidu Sanusi, man of the match 

Recruited last summer by Porto for 4 million euros, Zaidu Sanusi is clearly a good deal.

He was the big guy in this part on the Portuguese side.

Active throughout the match on his left side, he is the first to worry Mandanda from afar (37th).

Two minutes later, with certainly a lot of success, it is the Nigerian who takes it twice to open the scoring (39th).

But luck is provoked, and the one who scored his second career goal has never stopped provoking it, as in the second half (50th).

Long at work in front, he also realizes the defensive return of the match in front of Florian Thauvin (61st).

Still at the forefront at the end of the match (80th), he was excellent.

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Portuguese serenity

The victory was slow to take shape for the Portuguese, never dangerous for half an hour.

Gradually, the partners of captain Sergio Oliveira set foot on the ball and alternated between rapid transitions and phases of possession.

Scorer (72nd), Oliveira symbolized the serenity of the Portuguese champion, and his duet with Marko Grujic worked well.

The red card of the Serbian (67th) tarnishes his performance so far achieved in the impact as in the front.

It is he who serves Sanusi (37th) and who places his header ahead of the Nigerian goal in the first period.

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The Marseillais will have sought to create spaces from start to finish.

His pass for Sanson at the start of the match would have deserved a better fate even if his friend is at the end of the race (4th).

Often placed between the lines and precise in his transmissions (92% of successful passes), the former Nantes player was the link between defense and attack, forcing Porto to several faults in the midfield.

Countered at the very end of the match (90th), he had a lot of activity throughout the game.


An endless ordeal for OM, officially eliminated


Leonardo Balerdi's nightmare

Renewed in place of Duje Caleta-Car following his good performance in Strasbourg (November 6), Leonardo Balerdi was not worthy of the black armband in honor of his illustrious compatriot Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday.

His missed raise to Alvaro (20th) set the tone for a match where he was too hesitant with the ball in his foot.

He scored the first card of the game after a big mistake in the midfield at the half hour mark before sinking in the second half.

Surprised by the touch quickly played by Tecatito Corona, the Argentinian was overtaken by Moussa Marega before unbalancing the Malian in the box.

Second yellow card and second goal for Porto (72nd) which signal the end of Marseille's illusions.

An ordeal for him and his team, which has a thirteenth defeat in a row in the competition and sets a sad record.

Florian Thauvin passed by

His good free kick towards Valère Germain (15th) at the start of the match foreshadowed a good vintage for the French international.

Very active in pressing at the start of the match, Florian Thauvin gradually disappeared from the debates.

His precision on a set piece was too uneven and he appeared lonely on his right side, like his counterpart on the left Luis Henrique, transparent.

He could nevertheless have changed everything on this dedication from Dimitri Payet without the miraculous return of the inevitable Sanusi (61st).

Then replaced by André Villas-Boas (75th). 

Marseille's lack of ideas

Having returned to their game, we imagined another outcome for the Marseillais.

But the improvement was short-lived after the half-chances of Sanson (4th) and Germain (15th) from the start.

If the entries of Payet, almost decisive on his first ball in the game (61st), Benedetto and Cuisance have done good, the Phocaeans will have been generally too timid in the animation.

And the Stations of the Cross continued for Dario Benedetto, imprecise in front of Marchesin (81st) before finding the post with a fine header at the end of the match (90th + 1).

A lack of idea and efficiency symbols of an OM that has still not scored this season in the Champions League ...

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