Goal Analysis: Stiven Mendoza – Amiens SC 3-1 Olympique Marseille 4/10/2019

Goal Analysis: Stiven Mendoza – Amiens SC 3-1 Olympique Marseille 4/10/2019

Stiven Mendoza sealed a win over Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille with a late goal set up by substitutes Mathieu Bodmer and Fousseni Diabate.

The move starts with Amiens recovering the ball in their box and passing it out to Bodmer just outside.

Amiens retrieve the ball in their box
Amiens retrieve the ball in their box

At first Bodmer shapes his body simply to protect it from Duje Caleta-Car behind him, then he shifts to his side, shaping to protect from both Caleta-Car and Hiroki Sakai.

The ball is passed out to Bodmer
The ball is passed out to Bodmer. He shapes his body to protect the ball from Caleta-Car
Bodmer changes his body shape to protect the ball from Caleta-Car and Sakai.

When Sakai goes to tackle him but Caleta-Car doesn’t get close, Bodmer twists to protect the ball from Sakai.

Bodmer twists to protect the ball from Sakai
Bodmer twists to protect the ball from Sakai

Now facing Marseille’s goal, he can easily pass forward. He dummies to pass inside but as Caleta-Car doesn’t position himself to block the pass forward and Nemanja Radonjic doesn’t track back, Bodmer knocks the ball on to Diabate.

Radonjic doesn't track Diabate. Bodmer faces forward.
Radonjic doesn’t track Diabate. Bodmer faces forward.
Caleta-Car doesn't position himself to block the passing option for Bodmer.
Caleta-Car doesn’t position himself to block the passing option for Bodmer.

The ball falls behind Diabate though, requiring him to stop and control it rather than pushing forward. This gives Sakai time to recover, however Diabate slows down, encouraging Sakai to step in and attempt a tackle. When Sakai goes to tackle, Diabate pushes the fall forward and rides his challenge, taking the Japanese out of the game.

Bodmer's pass falls behind Diabate.
Bodmer’s pass falls behind Diabate.
Diabate waits to encourage Sakai to tackle
Diabate waits to encourage Sakai to tackle
When Sakai goes to tackle, Diabate knocks it past him
When Sakai goes to tackle, Diabate knocks it past him
Diabate rides Sakai's challenge and takes him out of the game
Diabate rides Sakai’s challenge and takes him out of the game

With Mendoza one-on-one with Lucas Perrin, Diabate looks to release him with an outside of the boot pass. The path of this pass ends up giving Mendoza more time on the ball, as Perrin turns thinking he can cut it out, only for the pass to continue past him to Mendoza. As Perrin’s turned to try to cut out the pass rather than simply running towards the recipient, he’s wasted time that could have been spent moving across to Mendoza, giving the Amiens attacker more time with the ball.

Diabate passes to Mendoza with the outside of his boot
Diabate passes to Mendoza with the outside of his boot
Perrin turns to cut out the ball
Perrin turns to cut out the ball
Mendoza receives the ball with space
Mendoza receives the ball with space

Once he advances into the box, Mendoza shapes to shoot, causing Perrin to go to ground in an attempt to block the shot and Steve Mandanda to dive. Mendoza cuts inside instead though, giving himself the time and space to pick out a finish.

Mendoza shapes to shoot, causing Perrin to try and tackle and Mandanda to dive
Mendoza shapes to shoot, causing Perrin to try and tackle and Mandanda to dive
Mendoza cuts inside instead
Mendoza cuts inside instead
Mendoza finishes
Mendoza finishes

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