The home team opened the scoring through Cameroonian forward Faris Moumbagna, who was signed in this transfer window to replace Vitinha.Embed from Getty Images
Marseille's struggle in Ligue 1 continued with a 1-1 draw against Metz at their home ground, marking a disappointing progression in the 21st round for the former French champions.
This result further illustrates the challenging season Marseille is experiencing, as they find themselves in an uncharacteristic seventh place in the league standings.
The match saw a glimmer of hope for Marseille when new signing, Cameroonian forward Faris Moumbagna, put the home team ahead in the 56th minute. Moumbagna, who joined Marseille in this transfer window as a replacement for Vitinha loaned to Genoa in Italy, showcased his potential to be a valuable asset for his new club. However, Marseille's lead was short-lived; Mathieu Udol, the left-back for Metz, equalized just five minutes later, in the 61st minute, bringing the scoreline to a draw.
Compounding Marseille's difficulties was the expulsion of center-back Samuel Gigot in the 31st minute, who received a straight red card. This ejection significantly impacted the tactical approach of Marseille's Italian coach, Gennaro Gattuso, forcing the team to adapt to playing with ten men for the majority of the match.
This draw does little to improve Marseille's standings in the league, leaving them in seventh place with 30 points. Notably, Marseille has also played one more game than all the teams above them, adding pressure as they strive to climb the table in the second half of the season. This match underscores the challenges Marseille faces in regaining their form and positioning themselves as contenders for European competition qualification.