Galatasay – Olympique de Marseille: OM eliminated after their setback in Turkey (4-2)

OM will not go further. After four draws in as many Europa League matches, the Marseille club lost on the lawn of Galatasaray Thursday evening (4-2), on the fifth day of the group stage. A setback which, combined with the victory of Lazio on the lawn of Lokomotiv Moscow at the same time (0-3), eliminates Jorge Sampaoli’s men from the competition while qualifying the Istanbulites, always first. It will not be necessary to spoil everything, next December 9 against Lokomotiv, to at least be transferred to the Europa League Conference.

The scheme was simple: in the event of Lazio’s victory on the lawn of Lokomotiv Moscow, Olympique de Marseille had no other choice but to win in Istanbul on Thursday evening. The Roman club got the job done, notably thanks to a brace from Ciro Immobile. Not the Phocaean. And if it will take a little time to take stock of the causes of this elimination in C3, there is already a lot to say about this simple defeat. Starting with the largesse of the Marseille defense. It is in particular the left corridor that has very often been a problem, that of an overwhelmed Luan Peres and a Pope Gueye occupying an unusual position in the corridor.

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Alexandry Cicaldau thus caused the goal of the break by being served between Luan Peres and Duje Caleta-Car, pushing the Croatian defender to score against his camp (2-0, 30th). Sofiane Feghouli, he had all the leisure in the world to score in front of the open goal, left completely alone at the far post (3-0, 64th). But it was also the loss of bullets that was costly. Boubacar Kamara thus released a full axis ball, pressed by a Cicaldau, already him, who then continued his race to conclude the service of Feghouli with a cross strike (1-0, 12th). It was from a more contentious situation that Ryan Babel’s fourth goal came, who scored on his first ball while OM expected their opponent to return the ball to them (4-1, 83rd ).

But on the other side of the field, Marseille will also regret its offensive ineffectiveness. With a paradox: ghostly, Arkadiusz Milik still scored a double to reduce the score twice, first on a penalty scored in two stages (3-1, 69th), then on a header at the far post (4 -2, 85th). Associated in Pole in what often looked like a 4-4-2, Bamba Dieng showed himself a lot, finding the bar rather than the fault (42nd). And also falling on the excellent Fernando Muslera (5th, 37th).

Also taking into account the post of Luan Peres (20th), we say to ourselves that this meeting could have taken a completely different turn. But OM are still dangerously taking the path of a European campaign without a victory. To qualify for the Europa League Conference, it will at least not be necessary to lose against Lokomotiv.

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