OM are going through difficult times. Four days after the sad and traumatic incidents at Groupama Stadium in Lyon, the Marseillais who played without Dimitri Payet (still psychologically shaken, he was suspended anyway) left the Europa League. After four frustrating draws in this competition, OM, which had no room for error, cracked (4-2) at Galatasaray while Lazio de Rome would win (2-0) at Lokomotiv Moscow. Third in its group, Marseille is therefore permanently eliminated from the Europa League but can still hope to be transferred to the Conference League play-offs provided they do not lose to the Russians.
For the match “after”, there was, without doubt, a more comfortable enclosure than the Nave Stadyumu of Istanbul, often incandescent and turbulent. In the first half, OM, deprived of its supporters after the clashes in the first leg (Turkish fans had thrown smoke and firecrackers on the north bend of the Velodrome), continued to evolve in a very tense climate, giving rise to fear a remake of last weekend. Luan Peres was first targeted by a small water bottle in action, just before finding the post (20th). And after a start of scuffles on the ground, it is Mattéo Guendouzi who wipes jets of projectiles at the corner post (39th). Furious, Galatasaray goalkeeper Muslera, followed by a few teammates, must intervene to calm his supporters. At that point, the Turks are indeed leading 2-0 and have no interest in seeing the game end.
Despite a good start and two posts – Dieng (42nd) after Luan Peres – OM were too friable defensively. A ball lost by Kamara had first allowed the Audonien Feghouli (ex-Grenoble), real poison for the Marseillais, to serve Cicaldau (1-0, 12th). Still well shifted, the Romanian international striker then pushes Caleta-Car to the fault, which scores against his camp (2-0, 30th).
If Milik transforms a penalty in two stages (3-1, 67th), the untenable Feghouli had, just before, given the appearance of rout to the defeat of OM, after a new loss of ball, this time signed Caleta- Because (3-0, 69th). The double of the Polish striker (4-2, 85th) then responds to the 4th Turkish goal signed Babel (4-1, 83rd). Four shots on target and four goals… Galatasaray was effective unlike OM (10 shots on target and nearly 60% possession). Winner of only one of the last seven games, the Sampaoli team is down.
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