Starting XI: Benaglio – Glik, Naldo, B. Badiashile – Henrichs, Ballo-Touré – Tielemans, Fàbregas, Ait-Bennasser – Lopes, Golovin
For this first match kicking off the second half of Ligue 1 (J20), Thierry Henry aligns a team with three of his new recruits: Naldo, Ballo-Toure and Fàbregas. Organized in 3-4-1-2, the Monegasques leave the ball to the hosts early in the game. Maxime Lopez took the opportunity a quarter of an hour in shooting on a poor clearance from the Red & White. Benaglio is on the trajectory but can only scratch the leather of the ball. 1-0 for OM.
In the wake of the goal, the teammates of Golovin react. The Russian, back after four games of suspension, is close to potentially scoring but is caught at the last moment by Luiz Gustavo (16′). The left-sided midfielder is then found in the 38th minute of play. His cross from the left side finds Henrichs on the right. The defender leaves the ball to Tielemans who pierce the nets of Marseille with a fine hit. That is already his fifth goal for the Belgian in Ligue 1 this season. 1-1 at the break.
Thierry Henry’s men continue to put pressure on Marseille in the second half. Ballo-Toure takes his left lane and tumbles towards the box. He sends a millimeter pass to Golovin. He beats Mandanda but his shot hits the post (51′). Little action until now, Diego Benaglio shines on a hit from Payet at the hour of play. The Swiss goalkeeper was again in the heart of the action in the 75th minute of play. Thauvin thinks he doubled the score but VAR shows Ocampos stepping on Benaglio, and the goal is overturned and ruled out.
The last big occasion of the game for the Monegasques is from the work of Tielemans. Beautifully done by Fabregas in the Marseille penalty area to find Tielemans, the midfielder controls and hits. But his ball misses Mandanda’s goal. A final score of 1-1. Next game is on Wednesday with the reception of OGC Nice in a make-up from Matchday 17.