Radonjic strikes late as Marseille narrow gap on leaders PSG
Olympique de Marseille’s Nemanja Radonjic celebrates with Jordan Amavi and Valentin Rongier after scoring the second goal against Brest, November 29, 2019. ― Reuters pic
PARIS, Nov 30 ― Olympique de Marseille’s Nemanja Radonjic struck in the last minute for a 2-1 home win against Brest as they moved within five points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain yesterday.
Second-half substitute Radonjic found the top corner a minute after Irvin Cardona had cancelled out Bouna Sarr’s second-half opener to put second-placed OM on 28 points from 15 games ahead of PSG’s trip to AS Monaco tomorrow.
The hosts could have won by a bigger margin but hit the woodwork through Dimitri Payet, in both halves, and Valentin Rongier in a lively encounter at the Stade Velodrome.
Marseille, who have now won their last four league games, lead third-placed Angers, who have a game in hand and who they will face on Tuesday, by four points.
Payet hit the woodwork in an entertaining opening period which also saw Irvin Cordona strike the post for Brest but neither side could break the deadlock.
Winger Sarr, however, latched onto a cross from Payet to put the hosts ahead in the 57th minute and that seemed enough for Marseille to extend their unbeaten home run to seven matches.
But Brest, who have won only one of their last 12 away league games, equalised in the 89th when Cardona chipped goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, only for Serbian midfielder Radonjic to send the home crowd into raptures a one minute later.
Brest lie 14th in the table on 18 points from 15 games. ― Reuters