The evening of regrets for OM. Clearly domineering, in numerical superiority during the last half hour, Jorge Sampaoli’s men thought they would bring back an important victory from Moscow on Thursday for their entry into the running in the Europa League. But Marseille, who opened the scoring with Ünder from the penalty spot (58th), was joined at the very end of the match on the sole occasion of Lokomotiv in the second period (1-1). Two lost points that could be expensive in the final scoring.
Without Mandanda, Lirola, de la Fuente or even Payet at kick-off, OM still made their mark on a one-sided first period (73% possession, 10 shots to 3). But the Olympians lacked precision in the last twenty meters and were almost punished on the only Russian incursion concluded by a strike from Smolov on the post (31st). It was not until the hour of play to see the Marseille domination be rewarded. Caught up in speed by Ünder, Tiknizyan hooked the Turk in the box: penalty and second yellow card for the Lokomotiv defender. Ünder changed the sentence and, at 11 against 10, we thought OM out of danger (0-1, 59th).
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But Marseille did not take shelter and the defense gave Anjorin a little too much freedom. The player, on loan from Chelsea, triggered a low shot at 25 meters which deceived Lopez on his left (1-1, 89th). Infuriating because the Russians showed nothing and Jorge Sampaoli’s players let slip two precious points in a group E where Galatasaray, who will travel to the Vélodrome in two weeks, takes the lead after his victory against Lazio (1-0) .
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