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Five Classic Classiques

Five Classic Classiques

Publish on 03/30 at 21:00 - E. DEVIN


Ahead of tomorrow's clash between Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, we take a stroll down memory lane to look at five of the biggest matches between the two storied clubs in the recent past.

1995 Coupe de France Semifinal Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Olympique de Marseille

In 1995, Marseille were playing in Division 2, having suffered administrative relegation, but that didn't stop the team from making a deep run in the Coupe de France. Buoyed by the likes of Tony Cascarino and Fabien Barthez, the visitors had big ambitions as they headed to face one of the best PSG sides from before the QSI era. Boasting the likes of David Ginola, George Weah and Bernard Lama, the hosts took the lead through Ricardo Gomes just four minutes into the match and never relinquished their lead, offering OM a stern reminder of their prowess.

2012 Ligue 1 Olympique de Marseille 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain

While PSG would go on to win the first title of the QSI era later this season under the stewardship of the legendary Carlo Ancelotti, finishing twelve points ahead of their rivals, this early-season trip to the Stade Vélodrôme was hardly an easy one. Both teams boasted in-form strikers, and a brace apiece in the first half from each of André-Pierre Gignac and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made sure this encounter was a nervy one, with plenty of chances at both ends.

2016 Coupe de France Final: Olympique de Marseille 2-4 Paris Saint-Germain

The two giants of the French game have met 14 times in the storied competition, but only twice in the final, most recently in 2016. PSG were quick out of the traps, with Blaise Matuidi netting in the second minute, but Marseille battled back through Florian Thauvin ten minutes later. While a second-half brace from Ibrahimovic -- the top scorer in the fixture's history with 11 goals -- would settle the affair on the way to a domestic treble, the match offered a firm reminder that l'OM would be unlikely to back down from their monied rivals on the biggest stage.

2017 Ligue 1 Olympique de Marseille 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain

Between 2011 and 2020, Marseille faced PSG 16 times in the league and failed to win any of those encounters. They thought they had broken that hex in the fall of 2017, though, as Florian Thauvin netted ten minutes from time to give the hosts a 2-1 lead. PSG battled hard for an equalizer, but looked far from finding one before earning a free kick just outside the penalty area deep in stoppage time. Despite the presence of players like Neymar and Ángel Di María, the attempt fell to Edinson Cavani, who unleashed a ferocious shot that went in off the crossbar, deny the hosts a chance to break their ignominious run.


2020 Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Olympique de Marseille

That run would eventually come to an end in the first time the two sides met following the COVID-19 pandemic. Playing in a nearly empty Parc des Princes, the hosts were without Kylian Mbappé and Marquinhos, and failed to muster much to trouble Steve Mandanda, despite controlling possession. Thauvin scored the match's only goal thirty minutes into the encounter, setting the stage for what proved to be a memorable title race among the capital side, Lille, Lyon and Monaco.

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