Marseille 2-1 Nantes: The Phocaeans secure 3 points to extend unbeaten start

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Olympique de Marseille defeated Nantes 2-1 on Saturday at the Orange Velodrome. With both teams drawing in their previous fixtures, they were keen to pick up points. Marseille wanted to continue adding points following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Brest in their previous game. Nantes, on the other hand, were unable to beat Lille in a 1-1 draw. As it stands, Marseille are in 2nd place, with 7 points from 3 matches, while Nantes sit in 13th, with 2 points from 3.

After an uneventful first half, The Phocaeans piled on the pressure in the second and were rewarded, thanks to a goal from Chancel Mbemba at the 70 minute mark. However, the good fortune didn’t last for long. An equalizer from Ludovic Blas at the 78 minute mark brought The Yellow House level. Marseille in turn, then responded, at 82 minutes increasing their lead with an effort from Nicolas Pallois and saw the match end 2-1.

Substitutions for Marseille included Luis Suarez, Sead Kolasinac, Cengiz Under, Dimitri Payet and Duje Caleta-Car for Gerson, Leonardo Balerdi, Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Guendouzi and Cengiz Under, repectively. Nantes brought on Mostafa Mohamed, Dennis Appiah, Marcus Coco and Lohann Doucet, to replace Evann Guessand, Fabio, Andrei and Pedro Chirivella.

The referee booked six players. Valentin Rongier, Samuel Gigot, Pau Lopez and Jordan Veretout from Marseille, who saw yellow cards and Samuel Gigot (2 yellow cards), sent off with a red, as well as for Nantes Evann Guessand also seeing yellows.

Marseille will next travel to Nice, while Nantes will face Tolouse FC at home.

Technical card:
Olympique de Marseille:Pau Lopez, Leonardo Balerdi (Sead Kolasinac, min.65), Samuel Gigot, Chancel Mbemba, Jonathan Clauss, Valentin Rongier, Jordan Veretout, Matteo Guendouzi (Dimitri Payet, min.65), Nuno Tavares, Gerson (Luis Suarez, min.54) and Alexis Sanchez (Cengiz Under, min.65)
Nantes:Alban Lafont, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Andrei (Marcus Coco, min.87), Nicolas Pallois, Fabio (Dennis Appiah, min.62), Pedro Chirivella (Lohann Doucet, min.87), Ludovic Blas, Samuel Moutoussamy, Quentin Merlin, Evann Guessand (Mostafa Mohamed, min.62) and Moses Simon
Stadium:the Orange Velodrome
Goals:Chancel Mbemba (1-0, min. 70), Ludovic Blas (1-1, min. 78) and Nicolas Pallois (2-1, min. 82)