The striker was unable to keep OM up with the European pace as they were held 1-1 against Strasbourg

Marseille endured a weekend of disappointment as they saw their European hopes fade following a 1-1 draw with Strasbourg on Friday, which combined with Saint-Etienne’s victory over Monaco to leave them with a seemingly impossible amount of ground to make up over the last three weeks.

Head coach Rudi Garcia can draw some solace from the performance of attacker Valere Germain, who was the outstanding player in Ligue 1 this week, according to the Opta Performance Index, which measures how well each player in the league performs and grades them with a score out of 100.

Former Monaco attacker Germain chalked up a tally of 97.4, in part thanks to a terrific opening goal, which arrived shortly after half-time. Mario Balotelli was twice involved in its conception, yet it was his strike partner who grabbed the headlines with a terrific finish into the corner of the goal.

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