Marseille’s coach Igor Tudor on Nuno Tavares’ red card tonight (despite Tavares also scoring):
“He has completely lost his mind, he will get a big fine. It will be a lesson to him!”
What is Tavares doing here ?
Marseille’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Montpellier on Monday kept them in the hunt for a spot in the Champions League. It was their fourth straight win and kept them in third place in Ligue 1.
Nuno Tavares scored in the second half, and Maxime Esteve scored an own goal. This gave them a 2-0 lead, but they had to stay strong until the end, when Tavares was sent off and Teji Savanier scored from the penalty spot.
After last week’s 6–1 win over Toulouse, Marseille is now three points ahead of fourth-place Monaco and four points behind second-place Lens, which beat Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
After the first half ended with no goals, the second half got going quickly when Tavares scored his fifth goal of the season. He buried the chance quickly after Jonas Omlin blocked Jordan Veretout’s header.
Just after the hour mark, they were up by two goals when Esteve, a central defender, scored an own goal at the back post of a corner while under pressure.
The end was rough because Tavares left and Savanier got a penalty, but Marseille held on to win.
Lille lost the chance to move up to sixth place when they tied 1-1 with Reims at home.
Just after 30 minutes, Jonathan David put the home team ahead when he was the first to get to a loose ball after Yehvann Diouf blocked Jonathan Bamba’s shot.
Thibault De Smet set up Jens-Lys Cajuste for the equalizer with 11 minutes left, giving Reims a point.
“We had a great chance to win the game, but we didn’t take it. We are upset and disappointed, “said Paulo Fonseca, the coach of Lille.
The home crowd made it hard for the Lille players by whistling to show they didn’t like how they played, which made Fonseca angry.
“I am also very upset with the people who support us,” he said. “If the fans don’t like how the team is playing, they can talk to the club president and I can leave.”
After Strasbourg came back from being down 2-0 to tie the game at 2-2, which was a big win for Troyes. Twelve minutes before the game was over, Xavier Chavalerin hit a volley that gave the win to the away team.