Frustration for Gomis and OM
Disciplined Toulouse kept Bafétimbi Gomis and Olympique de Marseille at bay as it finished 0-0 at the Stade Vélodrome.
Olympique de Marseille 0-0 Toulouse FC
Rémy Cabella hit the post in the first half and Gomis enjoyed chances in the second period, yet Franck Passi's OM were unable to beat TFC's 17-year-old goalkeeper Alban Lafont.
Lassana Diarra sported the captain's armband for OM and Gomis made his first competitive appearance for the hosts, charged with the responsibility of replacing Michy Batshuayi, last season's top scorer, who moved to Chelsea in the summer.
Cabella has made a permanent switch to the south coast from Newcastle, while Florian Thauvin is again on loan from the same club. Cabella stabbed a shot goalwards in the 24th minute and the attacking midfielder was unfortunate to see it rebound off a post.
Yohann Pelé is OM's number one goalkeeper, with former captain Steve Mandanda having joined Crystal Palace, and Pelé saved well from Oscar Trejo just beyond the half-hour.
Two years after joining, Brazilian centre-half Doria at last made his OM Ligue 1 debut. The 21-year-old launched a move in the 63rd minute, finding substitute Saif-Eddine Khaoui, who had replaced Thauvin at the break. Khaoui played in Gomis and Lafont made a fine stop. From the ensuing Khaoui corner, Lafont again distinguished himself, making a reflex stop to repel a Gomis header.
OM improved in the second half without summoning a winner against a Toulouse side that have lost only one of their last eight Ligue 1 matches under Pascal Dupraz, who guided them to safety against the odds last term.
THE PLAYER: BAFETIMBI GOMIS
Signed on loan from Swansea City, Bafétimbi Gomis has 102 Ligue 1 goals to his name, more than any other player currently in the French top division. The former OL player was denied his first OM goal by a pair of terrific Alban Lafont saves in the second half.
THE STAT: 17
Olympique de Marseille have won only one of their last 17 home games (5D, 11L), beating Reims 1-0 on May 7 2016.