OM turn it around against Troyes
By D. Crossan
Olympique de Marseille scored two goals in two minutes to come from a goal down to Troyes at the Stade Vélodrome to win 2-1 and reclaim third spot in the table.
Olympique de Marseille 2-1 ESTAC Troyes
The introduction of Modou Sougou immediately after visiting captain Marcos had fired Troyes into a 70th-minute lead with an emphatic finish to a swift counter proved the catalyst for the Marseille comeback. The flying Senegalese winger, signed from Romanian club Cluj in January, had a hand in both OM goals, which came in the 81st minute and the 82nd minute.
Sougou inspires comeback
For the first Sougou crossed for Nicolas Nkoulou, at fault for Marcos' goal, and the defender's shot deflected off luckless Troyes centre-half Florian Jarjat and into the corner of the net. Seconds later Sougou's one-two with Mathieu Valbuena completely bamboozled visiting left-back Fabrice N'Sakala and Sougou crossed for the unmarked André-Pierre Gignac to steer home for the ninth Ligue 1 goal of his most prolific OM season.
Beaten 2-0 twice in the space of four days by Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, first in Ligue 1 and then in the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France, Elie Baup's OM were under pressure after Saint-Etienne's 4-0 Saturday evening demolition of Nice had seen Les Verts move a point clear of Baup's men.
Baup had pinpointed an inability to turn possession into chances as OM's biggest failing in 2013 and a Gignac miskick on the half-hour after terrific service from Jordan Ayew, recalled at the expense of Foued Kadir, underlined the coach's point.
1-0 losers at Troyes in Week 9, a match in which Gignac broke his foot, OM feared paying the price for their profligacy. Benjamin Nivet, scorer of the winner earlier in the season, fired off target when finding space on the stroke of half-time and Marcos was centimetres wide three minutes before he opened the scoring.
Nkoulou was brushed off the ball far too easily by the burly centre-forward, who cut inside from the left with only one thing on his mind, celebrating his first league start since Week 13 with a fine finish that gave Steve Mandanda no chance. The Week 9 success was Troyes' first win of the season and now Jean-Marc Furlan's side were well placed to break another duck as they sought a first away victory of the campaign.
OM back in hunt
Yet OM summoned the reserves to revive their fortunes, with Baup electing to bring on Sougou for Joey Barton proving the key. OM had lost the three previous home games in which they'd conceded first but after bringing Troyes' five-game unbeaten run to an end Baup's side will go to second-placed OL in Week 28 for the Olympico in an improved frame of mind.
OM moved on to 49 points, three behind OL now and a further two behind leaders PSG. The three-way title race may yet resurface. Troyes were left to reflect on another match in which their efforts weren't matched by their points haul and they stand rock bottom on 20 points, seven points behind 17th-placed Sochaux.