OL go top as OM hit rock bottom
Lyon hit top spot with a 2-0 win over Marseille at the Stade Gerland with goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Michel Bastos. As a result OM have plummeted to the foot of the table with three points from six games.
Last season's equivalent fixture ended 3-2 in OL's favour and in 09-10 the clubs served up the 'game of the century' with the final scoreline 5-5. This match may not have reached those heights but it had massive significance and left the table with a strange look.
OM will have to draw inspiration from OL’s recovery from a poor start last season as Claude Puel’s final season in charge ended with a third place finish and qualification for the Champions League play-offs.
Gomis grabs fourth of season
Lyon have been flying under Puel’s successor Rémi Garde and remain the only unbeaten club in Ligue 1. OL took the lead in the 17th minute through Gomis’ fourth league goal of the season, finishing off a precise cross from Michel Bastos with a sidefooted finish. Bastos had burned off César Azpilicueta but the Marseille defenders felt Gomis should have been pulled up for offside.
Just before the half-hour Bastos, in resurgent form this season since deciding to commit his future to the club, doubled the Lyon advantage with a pinpoint shot into the corner after Maxime Gonalons had led the counter. Again Bastos had left Spanish right-back Azpilicueta floundering. Brazilian star Bastos could have added another before the break as OL finished the half well on top.
Marseille in trouble
Didier Deschamps brought on André Ayew and Morgan Amalfitano for Jérémy Morel and Alou Diarra in an attacking move in an attempt to get back into the match. Lloris saved well from former Lorient man Amalfitano eight minutes after the restart.
Lucho, who scored OM’s Champions League winner at Olympiakos in midweek, could have reduced the arrears midway through the second period but snatched at his shot. Lyon looked fairly comfortable at the back and closed out the win.
OL moved up to 14 points, one clear of Montpellier and Toulouse. OM slipped below Nancy and to the bottom of the table on goal difference. Lyon are next in action on Wednesday as they travel to Caen, while Marseille simply must beat Evian-Thonon-Gaillard the same evening at the Stade Vélodrome.