Champions League – The nightmare ends: Olympique de Marseille blows up Sporting Portugal (4-1)

Olympique de Marseille had been waiting for a victory in C1 since December 1, 2020. On behalf of the third day of group D in this 2022-2023 Champions League, OM largely won against Sporting Lisbon, despite the stands of its Vélodrome stadium behind closed doors (4-1). Thanks to their first three points, the Phocaeans are back in the race to qualify for the round of 16 of the competition. Despite the visitors opening the scoring very early (52 seconds), Igor Tudor’s men were able to react, taking advantage in particular of a catastrophic individual performance by Antonio Adan, goalkeeper and captain of Sporting.

It was necessary to put an end to this paradox in the form of a curse: sovereign in Ligue 1 but unable to score the slightest but in two days of the Champions League, OM defeated the Indian sign. Here are now the Marseillais with three points on the clock and relaunched in this pool D. However, nothing predicted that the Olympian victory would be a formality this Tuesday evening, against the leader.

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A start to the match… catastrophic

As a curtain lever, Marseille had lost heavily against Sporting in the Youth League (6-0). Arrived late at the Vélodrome, the Lisbon people quite annoyed Igor Tudor, who did not hesitate to climb the laps as soon as the opponents arrived in the tunnel which led to the lawn. And from the first minute of the match, Francisco Trincao took advantage of the apathy of the local defense to open the scoring with a curled shot from the left foot (0-1, 1st).

The scenario almost turned tragic for Marseille, but Pau Lopez emerged victorious from his face to face with Pedro Gonçalves (9th). In the process, the Phocaeans were able to count on the shortcomings of Adan. First, the goalkeeper sent on clearance on the leg of Alexis Sanchez, well mounted in the pressing, for the Olympian equalizer (1-1, 13th). In bad shape, Adan fell again on a header from Amine Harit (2-1, 17th) before finally sinking following an intervention of the hand outside his penalty area, resulting in a logical red card (23rd ).

Well helped by this black hole of the Spaniard, who was replaced by the rookie Franco Israel, OM beat the nail thanks to Leonardo Balerdi on a corner (3-1, 28th). In the cabbage, Ruben Amorim’s Sporting could only see the extent of the damage and quickly raise the white flag. Despite some offensive reactions after the break, the Portuguese were mainly content to defend well to prevent the defeat from turning into a knockout.

Result of the races: Marseille could only register one more goal, the work of Chancel Mbemba following good work by Sanchez (4-1, 85th). Inexhaustible on the front of the attack, the Chilean international could even have afforded a double at the very end of the match, but his strike against the empty but ended in the small outside net (87th). OM will be content with that: after all, it feels good to win the Champions League.

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