Opposed to the Turks of Galatasaray for the second day of the Europa League, the Marseillais could not do better than a draw (0-0) at the end of a burning evening.
After two days of the Europa League, it may already be the time of regrets for Olympique de Marseille. At home against Galatasaray, the Olympians once again conceded a draw (0-0). However, as during their first meeting on the lawn of Lokomotiv Moscow (1-1), Jorge Sampaoli’s men seemed largely to have the weapons in hand to win. Dominators, the Marseillais were too imprecise in a Velodrome of great evenings, at the end of a meeting also marked by overflows in the Turkish stand.
The evening could however have turned on the right side for the Marseillais on a game point: a whistled penalty… then canceled. The 75th minute is then played, and OM dominate the proceedings with a head and shoulders. If the opportunities follow one another for the Marseillais, none of them settles the sights sufficiently. It was then that Matteo Guendouzi collapsed in the middle of the surface, on an intervention by Van Aanholt. The referee designates the penalty point. A little too confident, the Vélodrome exults in anticipation. Too early. After using the VAR for three long minutes, Pawel Raczkowski defeated himself and canceled this great opportunity. The end of hopes for the Olympians who then lose their nerves.
Beyond this fact of the game, Olympique de Marseille can especially blame themselves. Because if the Marseillais did not win despite constant domination – especially in the second half – it is mainly because of their offensive ineffectiveness which is starting to become a nasty habit. Like their performance on the lawn of Lokomotiv Moscow for the first day of the Europa League, the Phocéens have a new sin in the finish. A lack symbolized by Amine Harit after a lonely rush (26 ‘). And when Ünder adjusted his furling perfectly, Muslera slammed it with his fingertips (34 ‘), just before the interruption to the match caused by Turkish fans cut off OM’s momentum. Too bad, the Phocaeans had finally entered their game.
When play resumed, Guendouzi almost calmed the Galatasaray fans on his own, but his recovery stalled. OM even came close to the worst a few minutes later, when Aktürkoglu came up against Pau Lopez. But the Spanish goalkeeper made the necessary save. After this too little-tasting first period, OM at least had the merit of working extra hard in the second act. Dieng initially lacked conviction (48 ‘) before being too short on Ünder’s caviar, alone against goal (50’).
And when Muslera was beaten by a header from Saliba on a corner, it was the bar that disgusted OM (59 ‘), before Ünder saw one of his attempts pushed back on the line and Milik – finally back – no shortage of accuracy (71 ‘). Then came the episode of the real-false penalty, from which OM never really recovered, William Saliba even coming to blows with Diagne in added time. Result of the races: OM conceded another draw and remained stuck at two points after two days of the Europa League. Obviously frustrating.
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