Marseille 3-2 Nice: Nasser Larguet finally brings the hosts back to victory in Ligue 1
Marseille 3-2 Nice: Nasser Larguet finally brings hosts back to victory after AndrÃ© Villas-Boas fallout as they secure bragging rights in Mediterranean derby
- Marseille returned to victory after beating Nice 3-1 on Wednesday
- Center-back Alvaro Gonzalez broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 14th minute
- Saif-Eddine Khaoui doubled his advantage just before the half-time break
- Nice responded immediately after the restart with Amine Gouiri’s strike
- Khaoui got his second before Malik Sellouki retreated to Nice late
Saif-Eddine Khaoui scored twice as Marseille beat Nice 3-2 at home on Wednesday to win a seven-game winless streak and move up to sixth in the French league.
Center-back Alvaro Gonzalez scored early in the first half and Khaoui added the second just before the break to put Marseille 2-0, both scoring their first goals of the season.
But Nice showed why it was unlucky to lose 2-1 to defending champions Paris Saint-Germain last weekend with a strong backlash.
Saif-Eddine Khaoui (right) celebrates his winning double for Marseille as he beat Nice
Center-back Alvaro Gonzalez sends the ball into the net to give Marseille the advantage in the first half
Alvaro celebrates with his Marseille teammates after a quick start
Forward Amine Gouiri scored a goal behind one minute after the start of the second half and, after Khaoui made it 3-1 with a powerful strike just inside the penalty area, Gouiri took set up the substitute Malik Sellouki in the 86th.
Then, in the fifth and last minute of added time, the impressive Gouiri stuck a free kick that shook the Marseille crossbar in an empty Stade VÃ©lodrome.
Despite two good performances, Nice find themselves mired in 14th place and just seven points above the relegation zone after 25 of 38 matches.
Nice players celebrate after scoring their second goal on Wednesday but it was too late
The pretty players look dejected as Khaoui finds the back of the net during a Ligue 1 meeting
Handsome striker Amine Gouiri celebrates after scoring his first goal of the match on Wednesday
With a crowded schedule and the French championship in financial difficulty, Marseille President Jacques-Henri Eyraud believes it is time to reduce the size of the competition.
“I think playing in a league of 20 clubs is no longer sustainable,” Eyraud said on Wednesday. “We have to talk about a lot of reforms.”
Eyraud is at the heart of these discussions as a member of the board of directors of the French league and a member of the UEFA club competitions committee. UEFA is in the process of overhauling the Champions League which would add 100 more matches each season and potentially provide French clubs with a fourth place finish.
The pandemic has already meant squeezing more games over a shorter period of time this season and the burden on teams would increase further with an expanded Champions League.
“For Olympique de Marseille, we have been playing a match every three days for the past four months and this will continue to be the case in February and March,” Eyraud told the FT Business of Football Summit.
“I think it’s bad for the players, it’s not good for the organization, I don’t think it’s good for the fans and I think it’s something we should think about very seriously. “