In Greece, Marseille missed its reunion with the Champions League. After 7 seasons without hearing the soft music of the most prestigious of European competitions, OM fell under the blows of Olympiakos a Mathieu Valbuena inspired. However, and like several times this season, Marseille has long believed to be saved by a twist of fate. This time, by the intervention of the VAR for an offside of a few centimeters of Masouras, who had just deceived Mandanda. But, in the second period, and despite a Steve mandanda great evenings, the Marseillais have, quite logically, bowed to the repeated assaults of the Greeks.
At halftime, Olympiakos lead in points
In Piraeus, a renowned port since ancient Greece, OM has struggled to find its cruising speed. Blame it on uninspired offensive players like a Dario benedetto, who discovered the Champions League, in great difficulty. Besides a free kick from Payet easily picked up by José Sa (34th) and a nice rolled shot of Florian Thauvin, from the left after having transplanted in the axis, which fled the frame, Marseille did not manage to put in difficulty Olympiakos. On the contrary, the men of Pedro Martins even led to points. Arrived from Saint-Étienne during the summer transfer window, Yann M’Vila almost opened the scoring, but his volley just passed the goal of Mandanda (10th). Youssef El-Arabi, another former Ligue 1, saw his recovery thwarted, at close range, by Duje Caleta-Car while she seemed able to deceive the Olympian goalkeeper (39th).
Valbuena greets them well
For his reunion with OM, a club with which he shone, Mathieu Valbuena animated the match by his class. Distilling the balloons with great ease, taking advantage of the lack of pressure from Marseille circles, the former French international could well have been decisive. First in the 54th minute, on the action of the refused goal, where he had the possibility of deceiving Mandanda. Same scenario in the 71st, when his volley was repelled by his former teammate. But, by dint of trying, the former Olympian crucified his former club.
In extra time, on a center of which he has the secret, Valbuena found the head ofAhmed Hassan, left alone at the penalty spot, which adjusted a pricked header that left Mandanda no chance, (1-0, 90th + 1). Olympiakos, who dominated most of the game, logically wins the match and the three points of victory. In a tough group, also with Manchester City and Porto, Marseille may have lost more than just a match tonight.