Sporting Portugal: the Marseillais do not “dive” and hope for the “click”

At the Velodrome stadium,

Who would have imagined the Marseillais still in the running for qualification for the Champions League round of 16 after 52 seconds of the match against Sporting, Tuesday night at the Vélodrome? This is the time it took Lisbon and Francisco Trincão to believe in an 18th defeat in 19 games by OM in C1, and another nightmare night.

But Alexis Sanchez managed to counter a slow rejection of the very slow Antonio Adan, the Sporting goalkeeper, to equalize and play the revolt of his team (13th). “Alexis scored and the game changed,” Amorim said later. The Chilean was well supported in this reconquest by a big night Amine Harit, who after giving the lead to his leading team (16th). Before making Balerdi forget his passivity on the first Portuguese goal, he also hit his head, this time on a corner (28th). What to congratulate a certain Erling Haaland, crossed a few years ago alongside Dortmund, and above all a test of character, where he would have fallen a few weeks ago.

“This victory gives us courage”

A bit like OM in this European Cup in recent years. We knew we had the ability to win in the Champions League. It started very badly, but we showed great strength of character. It was important not to dive in and get back into the game quickly. Which is not easy, but tonight is a very good match for us, “said Amine Harit.

Payet’s “replacement” tasted above all his first Champions League goal for having “helped the team to win the first game for some time”, when his coach refused to give “individual praise”, preferring to emphasize the “seriousness from [mon] crew “.” We missed this victory, it gives us courage and confidence, so it is very important, “said the Croatian coach.

Above all, it was “the last chance to stay in the Champions League thanks to these three very important points”, as Pau Lopez remembers, still lifesaving for his team from 0-2 (8th), who hopes that this victory will sound “a click. “. Above all, it allows OM to continue hoping to reach the round of 16 and even the first of the group after the draw between Tottenham and Frankfurt (0-0), in the middle of this group stage. Unexpected. Although the Marseillais are still last, but with three points now.

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