Europa League: an offensive festival in Marseilles!

Ⓒ AFP – BORIS HORVAT – | The Marseillais jubilant after eliminating the Germans from RB Leipzig in the Europa League, April 12, 2018 at the Vélodrome

Olympique de Marseillaise has made a great comeback in this crazy week, overturning Leipzig 5-2 in a Velodrome rumbling like thunder to celebrate the return to the semifinals of the Europa League, Thursday, 14 years later.

A remount at a lower budget, certainly, in the “small” European Cup and not against a titan of football, but a remounted still, carried by his great players to him, Dimitri Payet, author of a magnificent goal, the 4-2 (60), and Florian Thauvin, smuggler and scorer (41st, 3-1) for his return.

The evening ended with apotheosis with the first goal of the samurai Hiroki Sakai, the last second, the day of his 28 years, while the keeper had deserted his cage for the va-all of the RBL!

Kostas Mitroglou also contributed with Stefan Ilsanker’s 6th goal and Bouna Sarr scoring his first European goal (9th), but “Dim” and “Flotov” carried OM and sent lighthouse calls to Didier Deschamps, who judge the big matches those who deserve the team of France.

After Roma and Juventus in previous days, OM came back two goals, since Leipzig opened the scoring in the second minute by Bruma, aggravating the gap after the 1-0 of the first leg, and went up again one during the match, when Jean-Kevin Augustin reduced the score to 3-2, bringing the semifinal to Saxony by goal away.

– Record affluence –

But very quickly, the whites have recovered in the good sense. They equalized on a csc of Ilsanker, embarrassed part Kostas Mitroglou, preferred to Valère Germain in point. The Greek striker is at the origin of the 2-1 counter, coming out of his own penalty area.

Served by Dimitri Payet, Morgan Sanson twice saw Peter Gulacsi parry his shots, but the goalkeeper could do nothing on the third, Bouna Sarr.

Velodrome Stadium thought they had reversed the score in the 17th minute, but the superb skylight of Payet was canceled by the impeccable Mr. Björn Kuipers for a foul of Mitroglou Ilsanker.

Ⓒ AFP – BORIS HORVAT – | Marseille captain Dimitri Payet scored twice against RB Leipzig in the Europa League at the Vélodrome on 12 April 2018

But the speaker who beat his attendance record in European cups (61,882 spectators) could explode without being showered on the goal of the child prodigy, Florian Thauvin, back after three weeks in the ice. By snorting an inattentive Ibrahima Konaté, he took a free-kick from Payet that was worth a virtual qualification (38th).

But this crazy new match was not over. A brilliant inspiration from Naby Keita, trained in Istres a few miles from Marseille, sent Augustin to the second German goal. Two chances, two goals, OM paid dearly for its mistakes behind, and in goal Yohann Pele was feverish.

– The jewel of Payet –

But Steve Mandanda’s replacement, still injured, saved his match by stopping a shot from Poulsen who was going to pass under his body (90 +3).

Yet Bouba Kamara (19), trapped on the first goal, was very solid, like the impeccable Luiz Gustavo, still back. Rudi Garcia had chosen a defense with three central, as in the first, Hiroki Sakai joining the Brazilian and the “Minot”.

The Marseille coach had to change his plans to the injury of Bouna Sarr, touched on the shoulder. And there surprise! Adil Rami, who had recovered from his calf tear earlier than expected, was able to start in the 28th minute.

But Leipzig, already lax in the Bundesliga Monday against Leverkusen (4-1 defeat) has really too badly defended, like the French hinge Dayot Upamecano-Ibrahima Konaté. The first concedes without pressure the corner of the first goal Marseille, the second is stone on the 3-1 signed Thauvin.

And again Gulacsi was brilliant, as his double magnificent parade in front of Mitroglou and Sanson (48th). But he could not do anything about the jewel of Payet, leg loop and outside in the skylight.

The Vélodrome had not seen that since the semi-final return of C3 2004 against Newcastle (58.897 spectators, previous record), with a victorious double of Didier Drogba (2-0). The stadium accompanied the last seconds of a gigantic “Aux armes!” before the release of Sakai. Hurry the half!

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