Marseille keep pressure on PSG with Toulouse win

Toulouse FC 2-3 Olympique de Marseille




Toulouse got off to a flying start, Thijs Dallinga stroking the ball home from close range after Mikkel Desler had fizzed the ball across the face of goal (3′). Marseille tried to return fire soon after when Jonathan Clauss cut inside let fly, but Maxime Dupé did well to stop a shot that was dipping under his crossbar (10′). Most of the first-half traffic flowed in the opposite direction, though, and Dupé’s opposite number Pau Lopez had to be on his toes to deny Dallinga and Anthony Rouault in quick succession (17′). Dallinga nearly went from taker to maker on the half hour when he found Rafael Ratao wth a cross, but the Brazilian didn’t get enough on his header to trouble Lopez (30′) and referee Stéphanie Frappart’s whistle for half-time went with Dallinga’s opener the difference between the sides.


Marseille fight back


Igor Tudor sent Ruslan Malivovskyi on for Azzedine Ounahi at the start of the second half and less than 10 minutes later the Ukrainian had a hand in OM’s equaliser, his volleyed shot bouncing back out to Chancel Mbemba who converted from close range (52′). Marseille then took the lead on the hour with Cengiz Under volleying home a stunning finish from Jordan Veretout’s corner (60′). Rouault missed a sitter at the other end, firing off-target after Ratao had found him in the box (68′). Nuno Tavares then made it three, the Arsenal-owned left-back bursting into the box and slotting a low finish beyond Dupé (78′). Toulouse pulled one back through an Ado Onaiwu volley (87′), but it proved to be too little too late for the hosts.


THE PLAYER: Cengiz Under


Under’s volley to win the game was perhaps the best of his 12 Ligue 1 Uber Eats goals for Marseille since he joined from Leicester at the start of last season. The Turkey winger has plenty of competition in the final third at OM, but has been trusted by Tudor increasingly in recent weeks and performances like today’s are why.




Marseille remain undefeated against Toulouse in 19 meetings in all competitions, and have now won each of their last eight. The last time le Téfécé took all three points off les Phocéens was back in March 2012 when Aymen Abdennour – later of Marseille – got the only goal of the game at the Orange Vélodrome.

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