Author of a big collective performance, against a Lokomotiv Moscow reduced to 10 in the second half, Olympique de Marseille was caught at the end of the match and started the Europa League with a very annoying draw (1-1) on Thursday.
Jorge Sampaoli may be furious. Impressive during his victory in Monaco (0-2), last Saturday in Ligue 1, theIF followed with a quality collective performance on Thursday at Lokomotiv Moscow at the opening of the Europa League. But the Phocéens led only 1-0 and, against a numerically inferior Russian team, conceded the goal of the equalizer at the end of the game (1-1).
Again deprived of Dimitri Payet (in the group but remained on the bench), the Marseille training largely dominated the debates, however missing his opportunities by Mattéo Guendouzi, Gerson, Amine Harit or the revelation Bamba Dieng, which remained on a double at Louis-II but which is still too messy in its placement.
Huge Guendouzi and Rongier
It is on an acceleration of Cengiz Under, from the right, that the match has changed. The Turkish left-hander was mown down by an excluded Nayair Tiknizyan (58th) and transformed the sentence (59th). At 11 against 10, despite the rather enormous performances of Guendouzi and Valentin Rongier, the Marseillais were surprised at the approach of additional time. A coiled strike from Gyrano Kerk deceived Pau lopez, again preferred to Steve Mandanda (89th). The Spanish goalkeeper was already badly placed on a strike from Fedor Smolov on the post in the first period (31st) …
Olympique de Marseille are already struggling in their Europa League group, two weeks away from facing Galatasaray at the Stade Vélodrome. The Istanbul team won in front of Lazio de Ciro Immobile (holder and replaced in the 56th minute), in front of their supporters (1-0). Thomas Strakosha, the Albanian goalkeeper, smashed a ball into his own goal (67th)!
⏱️ 90+3 | #FCLMOlympique de Marseille 1⃣-1⃣
⌛️ Our Olympians concede a draw in this first match of@EuropaLeague
– Olympique de Marseille (@Olympique de Marseille_Officiel) September 16, 2021
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