There were shocked faces all over France on Friday night. With Marseille 2-1 up over Stade de Reims at the Stade Velodrome, former Liverpool forward David N’Gog stunned the country when he earned the away side an unlikely point right at the death.
Gaetan Charbonnier created space on the left and played in a near post cross. N’Gog got in front of Baptiste Aloé and headed the ball past Steve Mandanda.
Marseille had won 11-straight games at home and with seconds to go, they were set to make history, but Jean-Luc Vasseur’s side had other ideas and conjured up memories of last season’s 3-2 win in the south of France.
Reims had started the match strong. Prince Oniangué’s shot crashed off Mandanda’s post after just two minutes, and Nicolas De Preville was in the perfect position to knock home the rebound.
Marseille were relentless in their attack, and Reims could only hold on for 58 minutes. Dimitri Payet’s shot from outside the box took a huge deflection off Franck Signorino, leaving Agassa with no chance.
Just 10 minutes later, Marseille took the lead after André Ayew capitalised from Andre-Pierre Gignac’s agile volley. Kossi Agassa had been left wrong-footed and the returning Ghana international has the easiest of finishes.
It looked like Marseille would break a record they set back in 1947 by winning 12-straight home games, but Reims and N’Gog had other ideas. Losing the lead at the death will hurt Marseille; it also means they missed out on the chance to go top of the league.
Paris Saint-Germain’s draw with Caen on Friday will only make it hurt more.
For N’Gog and Reims, the point took them up to 13th, but results on Saturday and Sunday have seen them drop down, but most importantly they are four points ahead of the relegation places.
The last minute goal was N’Gog’s third of the season, and it takes him level with Liverpool loanee Divock Origi. The 25-year-old scored nine goals in three years with the Anfield club and the Reds supporters will hope that despite Origi’s disappointing season, he can ultimately score more goals than N’Gog managed.
If he doesn’t, there is a chance he will last the same amount of time. Liverpool fans are quick to criticise the quality of Lille’s play in relation to Origi’s goal-scoring return. However, Reims is two points behind Lille in the table, they are not much better.
Reims fans will be hoping that N’Gog can match his total Liverpool tally this season, and then maybe they will have a great chance of staying in Ligue 1.