Kamara not shy as OM beat Strasbourg
By D. Crossan
Boubacar Kamara and Kevin Strootman scored as Olympique de Marseille beat Strasbourg 2-0 to climb to fourth in the Ligue 1 Conforama table.
Olympique de Marseille 2-0 RC Strasbourg Alsace
After four matches without a win, André Villas-Boas and OM really needed the victory against a Strasbourg side that still haven't scored a goal on their travels this campaign. Marseille made the ideal start, going in front early (3') as Kamara's shot was deflected by Ludovic Ajorque past Matz Sels. Dario Benedetto's free-kick had smacked into the wall and the ball broke Kevin Strootman's way at the back post, the Dutch international teeing up Kamara.
Steve Mandanda, fresh from two appearances in Euro 2020 qualifiers for France, saved from Adrien Thomasson (18') and then centre-half Duje Caleta-Car (20') clattered an outstanding left-footed shot against Sels' post as OM looked for a second goal.
With Alexander Djiku and Stefan Mitrovic suspended, Strasbourg abandoned their habitual five at the back but they were struggling to create anything, and at the other end of the field Nemanja Radonijc wasn't too far away with a shot (23').
Ten minutes into the second half (55') Radonijc, still without a Ligue 1 Conforama goal, connected with a Valère Germain cross from right and smacked a shot off the crossbar. Despite hitting the woodwork twice, OM hadn't had that many clear chances, though Saîf-Eddine Khaoui (70') went close after replacing Radonijc.
Lebo Mothiba, Nuno Da Costa and Kevin Zohi came on for Strasbourg as Thierry Laurey chased an equaliser. Rock bottom of the table, the Coupe de la Ligue winners simply have to kickstart their season fast. They conceded a second goal (90+4') when Benedetto was fouled by Mohamed Simakan and Strootman sent Sels the wrong way from the spot.
THE PLAYER: Boubacar Kamara
Back from a three-match suspension, the young defender scored a hugely important goal for OM, his first of the season. With Marseille still lacking the injured Alvaro Gonzalez and Florian Thauvin - and Dimitri Payet and Morgan Sanson banned - Villas-Boas was grateful to the 19-year-old for his goal and helping OM to only their third clean sheet in 10 home games.
THE STAT: 6
Strasbourg have failed to score in six of their last nine Ligue 1 Conforama matches.