Olympique de Marseille, beaten in their first two Champions League games, recovered perfectly when they beat Sporting Portugal (4-1) on Tuesday. A successful goal difference equalizer combined with a draw between Eintracht Frankfurt and Tottenham, the Marseille club had a dream evening.
Marseille took advantage of Sporting’s mistakes to win.
Olympique de Marseille fans thought it was a joke. Less than a minute into the game, the Marseille club thought they were going through hell with Francisco Trincao’s opener in an empty velodrome against a side known for their solidity and ability to injure on the break. But fate would have it otherwise and finally smiled at the runners-up from France, who celebrated their first victory in the Champions League against Sporting (4-1) on Tuesday.
The success was caused by OM
After two initial defeats, the Marseillais were reassured at all levels. Their good intentions were quickly rewarded with admittedly two blunders in the restart from Antonio Adan, who was sent off half an hour ago due to an excellent pressing from Alexis Sanchez. Even with a late goal, Jonathan Clauss’ partners were never discouraged from turning the tide.
If the offensive game sometimes left a lot to be desired with an overall very neutral second third, the great satisfaction came from the defense. Aside from their solidity against a formation reduced to ten, the rear guard was the first to bring danger. In set pieces with Leonardo Balerdi, top scorer, but especially in the many climbs by Eric Bailly and Chancel Mbemba, also top scorer, to corner his opponents.
Relief for the residents of Marseille
A success that logically relieved Igor Tudor’s troops. We’re happy to have won because we had a bad run (16 losses in the last 18 C1 matches, editor’s note). Everything is still possible now directed Matto Guendouzi for Canal+ Foot. Finally. It weighed on everyone and tonight it was important to get the three points, to dominate from the first minute, then from the second to the end added Amine Harit for RMC Sport.
With this success, OM can actually believe in better times. While a loss would have been almost tantamount to elimination, the South club, remaining in Group D, came back just 3 units from their victim of the evening, which they will find in a week’s time. In the other group game, Eintracht Frankfurt and Tottenham did not separate (0:0) and are now only one point ahead of Marseille. A perfect evening from start to finish.
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