Anything but zero!
At the end of a spectacular and completely crazy match, Montpellier and Marseille parted with a score of parity (3-3), Saturday at the Mosson stadium, during a shock of the 32nd day of Ligue 1.
What you must remember
It was a clash between two contenders for a ticket to a European Cup.
Respectively 6th and 8th before this day, and only separated by three points, Marseille and Montpellier were playing big this Saturday.
The two teams are indeed both eyeing 5th place in the standings, synonymous with a ticket for the next Europa League Conference, a new European competition, or even for the Europa League depending on the outcome of the Coupe de France.
An exhilarating duel from the start.
It is indeed necessary to wait only 27 seconds to see the opening of the score by Montpellier and the inevitable Andy Delort.
If Marseille sets foot on the ball and controls the game, the players of Der Zakarian operate against and are dangerous with each incursion, like this strike from Laborde (23rd).
"The main philosophy is the game," warned Jorge Sampaoli at a press conference the day before the match.
His players understood the message and launched an attack on the Hérault goal.
Self-sacrifice rewarded just before returning to the locker room thanks to two goals in four minutes from Milik (43rd) and Gueye (45th + 2).
The break does not calm the 22 actors.
Montpellier responded after less than 2 minutes of play in the second half with a goal from Laborde which put the two teams tied (2-2, 47th).
They surrender blow for blow.
Sometimes literally for the Olympian Ćaleta-Car, expelled for a high sole.
This is the 9th red card for Marseille this season, a sad record in one of the major European championships.
Although reduced to 10, OM regained the advantage on a header from Perrin (2-3, 71st), returned a few seconds before.
The end of the match is crazy.
Marseille, which thought to hold its 4th victory in 5 games since the arrival of its Argentine coach, is joined in stoppage time on a new goal from Laborde (3-3, 90th + 3).
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The player: Gaëtan Laborde
Inevitable, indispensable Gaëtan Laborde.
Despite a Steve Mandanda of great evenings, and author of an incredible reflex stop on his line in the 90th minute, Montpellier was once again able to count on his striker to avoid falling on his lawn.
The 26-year-old was the man of the match and even more of the second half, scoring a brace in this half.
First by equalizing at 2-2 a few seconds after the return from the locker room then, with a plunging head full of rage, in the stoppage of the game (90th + 3).
His 10th and 11th goals of the season in Ligue 1. “We suffered in the first half but we reacted well in the second half, confided the striker at the microphone of Canal +.
We snatch the draw, it shows the great mentality of the team.
That's good, but if you want to hope for something, you have to win matches.
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“At 10 against 11, we manage to score a third goal, so we think we can hold this result but we concede a goal at the end ... It's hard.
But we must continue to work, understand what the coach asks of us.
We take boxes and we get into trouble on our own.
There is a lot of disappointment but we will continue to work to grab this 5th place which is important for us ”.
Steve Mandanda, Marseille goalkeeper, at the microphone of Canal +.
Like the number of seconds it took Montpellier to open the mark.
The match had only started for barely 27 seconds when Andy Delort, perfectly launched by Jordan Ferri behind the back of the OM defense, preceded the exit of Steve Mandanda to open the scoring with a mischievous lob with his right foot .
It's the fastest goal of the season.
An opening of the score celebrated a few moments later with fireworks around the Mosson stadium.
THE MATCH SHEET
MONTPELLIER - MARSEILLE: 3-3 (1-2)
Referee: M. Brisard.
Behind closed doors
Montpellier: Delort (1st), Laborde (47th, 90th + 3);
Marseille (Milik, 43rd), Gueye (45th + 2), Perrin (71st)
Marseille: Caleta-Car (62nd)
Montpellier: Mollet (8th), Ferri (76th);
Marseille: Thauvin (40th), Gonzalez (56th)
Omlin - Sambia (Souquet, 79th), Hilton (cap.), Congré, Cozza (Ristic, 86th) - Mollet (Skuletic, 86th), Ferri (Chotard, 79th), Savanier - Mavididi (Wahi, 79th), Delort , The borders.
Mandanda (cap.) - Balerdi, Alvaro Gonzalez, Caleta-Car - Lirola, Kamara, Gueye, Luis Henrique (Perrin, 64th) - Thauvin (Ntcham, 89th), Payet (Cuisance, 82nd) - Milik (Benedetto, 88th ).
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