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OM - LOSC (1-1) : Germain earns a point for OM

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On Sunday 20 September 2020 at 09:00
A header from Germain allowed l'OM to collect a point against Lille. Imperial, Steve Mandanda kept his team in the match thanks to his numerous saves.

Nagatomo DEBUT

He wasn't qualified to face Saint-Etienne last Thursday, but this time, all the lights were green for Yuto Nagatomo. For the first time of the season, the Japanese international was lined up on the left side for the first time. In addition to the appointment of Dario Benedetto at the top of the Olympien attack, these are the two changes made by André Villas-Boas compared to the last match. 
For his first time at the Orange Velodrome, Yuto Nagatomo received a yellow card (20th) and gave way to Bouna Sarr on the hour of play.

Première titularisation pour Yuto Nagatomo.


The Olympians came into the match with a lot of intensity, but they were surprised as early as the fourth minute. Thrown deep, Yilmaz deceived Mandanda, but at the end of the action, the referee raised his flag and signalled an offside position. The two teams were in a good position, but they didn't discover each other much. The Olympians multiplied the crosses that didn't find takers. For their part, Lille were facing a solid Marseille defence, like an aggressive Boubacar Kamara through the middle or Duje Caleta-Car, author of efficient tackles.


Imperial since the beginning of the season, Steve Mandanda has once again distinguished himself against Lille. The Marseille captain repelled the biggest chance of the first half: a half-height shot from Lille defender Celik. Although he conceded a goal in the second half, the Olympian goalkeeper also kept his team in the game by deflecting a powerful shot from Araujo at a corner. And as the proverb says so well, never two without three... there he was again, decisive on the header of Benjamin André.


Two short minutes were enough for Lille to break the deadlock in the second half. Launched by Bamba on his right side, Araujo eliminated Yagatomo and found the way to the goal. Inattentive on the engagement, the Marseille players lost the ball and narrowly avoided the second goal saved by the post. Maignan, too, could thank his post for pushing away Rongier's long-range effort.


Valère Germain, who came on in the second half, equalised for OM at the very end of the match. With a header, he converted Morgan Sanson's corner. This goal allowed l'OM to take a point against a Lille team that was difficult to manoeuvre against. The Olympians will play their third consecutive home game with the reception of FC Metz on Saturday 26th September at 9pm.