Ligue 1. Marseille held back by Monaco at home


Paris Saint-Germain is rubbing its hands. Leader of the championship, the team of Christophe Galtier, mistreated at the start of the year in Ligue 1, saw all its pursuers advance in slow motion, this Saturday.

After his runner-up Lens, forced to a draw (1-1) in Troyes in the afternoon, and Rennes (5th), beaten (2-1) in Lorient on Friday, Marseille (3rd) and Monaco (4th) also shared the points in the match at the top of the 18th day.

Even if they did not lose, the men of Igor Tudor see their series of consecutive victories stop, after having known only success (8 in all, all competitions combined) since November 6.

Blanco keeps OM in the game

Marseille can also consider themselves lucky to take a point during this meeting, especially given their first half when Blanco, replacing Paul Lopez in the cage, saved the day several times (3rd, 28th, 29th). But the Spanish goalkeeper could not do anything when he was deceived by … Veretout, scorer against his side after deflecting a free kick from Golovin (17th) with his head.


Monaco, sharp against, could regret at half-time to have only one goal in advance. Because OM came back more compact and more solid after the rest, Igor Tudor having also chosen to leave Guendouzi, transparent, in favor of a tactical reorganization.

Balerdi touches the bar

A paying choice, since just two minutes after the start of the second period, Alexis Sanchez put the two teams equal (47th), taking advantage of an error by Nübel. Behind, OM pushed to the end, often exposed themselves, sometimes even a little too much, but Monaco resisted the onslaught, from Nuno Tavares in particular, without being able to put their counter-attacks to good use.

The last thrill came from Balerdi, who catapulted the ball over the bar a quarter of an hour from the end (73rd). The end of the match was breathtaking between cramps and more or less lucid last rushes and the two teams could have pulled off the piece. They finally had to share it and are looking ahead, two championship days to come next week, then, for OM, the Coupe de France and Paris SG in ten days.

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