At the Velodrome Stadium,
Who would have thought that 52 seconds into Tuesday night’s game against Sporting at the Velodrome stadium, Marseillais would still be in contention to qualify for the Champions League round of 16? This is the time it took Lisbon and Francisco Trincão to believe in an 18th loss in 19 games for OM in C1 and another nightmare night.
But Alexis Sanchez managed the feat of countering a defense by the very slow Sporting keeper Antonio Adan to equalize and sound the revolt of his team (13th). “Alexis scored and the game changed,” Amorim said afterwards. The Chilean was actively supported in this reconquest by a Amine Harit of the big nights, who later gave his leaders the advantage (16th). Before Balerdi let forget his passivity in the Portuguese opening goal and also hammered a header, this time after a corner (28th). Which is to be congratulated by a certain Erling Haaland, who crossed on the Dortmund side a few years ago, and above all a test of character where he would have crashed just a few weeks ago.
“This victory gives us courage”
A bit like OM in this European Cup in recent years. “We knew we could win in the Champions League. It started very badly but we showed great strength of character. It was important not to dive and to get back into the game quickly. It’s not easy, but tonight it’s a very good game from our side,” said Amine Harit.
Payet’s ‘substitute’ was particularly pleased with his first Champions League goal because he ‘has been helping the team win for some time’ when his coach, instead of offering ‘individual praise’, emphasized ‘seriousness’ [mon] Crew”. “We missed this win, it gives us courage and confidence, so it’s very important,” said the Croatian coach.
Above all, it was “the last chance to stay in the Champions League thanks to these three very important points,” recalls Pau Lopez, still the lifesaver of his team from 0: 2 (8th), who hopes that this victory will sound like that becomes “one click”. Above all, it keeps OM hoping to reach the top of the group at half-time in this group stage and even reach the top of the group after the draw between Tottenham and Frankfurt (0-0). Unexpectedly. Even if the Marseillais are still last, but now with three points.