Toulouse 0 - 0 OM: A missed opportunity for OM09 apr 2017
Before the meeting, Olympique had the opportunity to score valuable points in the championship by moving ahead of Bordeaux (5th after their win against Metz) and moving within four points of Lyon, who lost badly at home against Lorient. To do so, they needed an away win against Toulouse: a team celebrating its 80th anniversary with a gallery of former stars.
As was the case against Dijon on the last day of play, Marseille missed out during the first half. While they managed the first shot on goal, with Sanson missing the mark following a cross by Payet, they spent the rest of the half under pressure from Toulouse. Toulouse was not short of opportunities, with shots from Delort, Braithwaite and Jean. TFC's three strikers had a lot to be pleased about as they managed to undermine the Olympique defense. Pascal Dupraz's men retrieved the ball earlier, and higher in the air, with a more aggressive playing style. They had all the ingredients to crush Olympique Marseille, preventing them from getting the ball out of their half or putting Lafont's goal in danger. In total, there were nine shots on goal, some of which were more dangerous than others, from the home side. Most worthy of mention was Braithwaite's shot in the 10th minute, that Pelé deflected onto his own crossbar. Marseille could not keep up with the purple hordes and even Thauvin, with his "specialty" found his path blocked by Toulouse's keeper. The half-time break came at just the right moment.
Happily, the second half had little in common with the first. When play resumed, OM showed a more aggressive, more competitive side that reflected their determination to take all three points. In three minutes, thanks to Vainqueur (twice) and Payet, they came close to finding the back of the net. Thauvin, Sanson, Gomis, Lopez (who had come on after the break) and Vainqueur (again) all tried their luck. Yohann Pelé and the defense were in much less danger after the break. However, with a bit more accuracy, Toulouse could have scored. Their trio of strikers, who were highly visible in the first half, showed themselves again in the second half, but were blocked each time by the Marseille keeper, who recorded his 15th clean sheet of the season in Ligue 1. Technical skill was also missing on the part of OM: with half a dozen shots in the last 45 minutes, they could have found the net but Lafon, like his opposite number at Marseille, had a great game.
OM therefore marks three games in succession without a goal, conceding fifth place to Bordeaux, who made the most of the day's play. They will have to react next Sunday, when they play Saint-Etienne at home.