Jorge Sampaoli has made Marseille feel strong at home and, after defeating bottom side Dijon 2-0 today, he has the 9 points played at the Vélodrome. Of the four games since the arrival of the Argentine coach, Olympique, sixth in Ligue 1 within one point of the European spots, only missed the victory in his visit to Nice (3-0).
It was difficult for Marseille to get the victory back on track until it found its way to the goal in set pieces executed by Dimitri Payet and finished off by their centrals Leonardo Balerdi and Álvaro González.
Despite dominating the ball, he hardly created chances in the first half and did not shoot between the three sticks until the goal. On the other hand, Dijon gave a greater sense of danger in their few approaches, especially in a shot from Moussa Konaté who, providentially deflected by a defender, came off the post (18 ‘).
Pol Lirola was the most outstanding Marseille player in the initial phase with his continuous interned on the right, while Luis Henrique, the other lane ahead of the three centrals, also lavished himself on the other side, although with less assiduity.
Balerdi redeems himself after his illegal party in Badalona
Marseille found their way to goal in two set pieces by Dimitri Payet. Already in the first half discount, he threw the corner that Leonardo Balerdi finished off the net at the near post. In this way, the Argentine central was redeemed after being identified a week ago at an illegal party in Badalona with Lirola.
After the break Payet had two clear chances to sentence, especially the first, as the shot went high with everything in favor after another great action by Lirola (54 ‘). In the second, goalkeeper Owalabi Allagbé took the ball from him (60 ‘).
Other Payet assistance
Finally, Marseille sentenced the game in the 79th minute in a lateral foul thrown by Payet that another center-back, the Cantabrian Álvaro González, combed, and the ball was just introduced by Ecuele Manga by involuntarily deflecting it.
In the second half, the evicted Dijon barely had the resources to avoid his eleventh consecutive defeat.