LIVE – Sporting-OM: a dream first period for the Marseillais

Half time!

OM lead 2-0 at the break after an ideal first period! A few seconds after Esgaio’s exclusion, Guendouzi converted a penalty, before Sanchez scored the break goal half an hour into the game. The Olympians are in a very ideal position before the second half.

Mbemba covers well

The Marseille defender made a decisive interception at the feet of Santos, served in the right lane.

Sanchez does not count his efforts

Each time he loses the ball, the Olympian striker makes the effort to try to recover the ball, multiplying high-intensity runs.

4 minutes of added time

OM still have time to drive the point home, while Veretout fires a shot in turn.

Corner for OM

New corner kick obtained by Tavares. It is played by two and finally lost by Harit.

Sporting shows up

The Lions get two corners in quick succession. Bailly heads away at the near post.

Bailly late

The Ivorian defender is warned in turn after a foul on Santos far from his goal.

OM are in no hurry

Faced with a very weakened opponent and with a break in advance, the Marseillais ease up slightly, as the break approaches.

Claus on the ground

The right piston twists in pain on the ground after a blow to the chest. He returns for recall of injury.

Finally a strike for Sporting

Following a high recovery, Trincao takes his place far from the goal. It’s on Lopez, who picks up in two stages.

The nightmare for Sporting!

Coates and Edwards are injured and forced to leave their places, respectively to Marsa and Alexandropoulos. The ordeal continues for the Portuguese.

A first for 9 years

OM had not opened the scoring in the Champions League since 2013!


And 2-0 for OM! If the assistant referee had raised his flag after Sanchez’s goal, the VAR finally validated this break goal, which came from an excellent job by Harit on the right!

Goal denied to Sanchez!

Harit was narrowly flagged offside as he passed to Sanchez, who had extended his cross deep.

Very nervous Sporting

Since the penalty transformed by Guendouzi, the Portuguese have multiplied the faults and gestures of nervousness.

OM in control

With this numerical superiority and this goal in advance, Marseille has time to see it coming and to make its opponent run. OM are temporarily at the top of their group, then Tottenham are hooked by Eintracht Frankfurt (1-1).

Sanchez strike!

Harit arms a tense strike in the axis. Israel narrowly diverts for a corner and passes close to the handball. OM are pushing hard to find the break!

Already a change for Amorim

The young Issahaku takes the place of Morita to compensate for this red card.


Guendouzi transforms the penalty with the help of the left post, a superb operation for OM!


Second yellow card for Esgaio, OM are still in numerical superiority!


Mowed down by Esgaio in the area, Harit gets a penalty! The Marseillais just extended the ball with the tip of his foot on a pass from Rongier from the right.

Esgaio also warned

The right piston is sanctioned for an elbow on Tavares. Quite a duel in this hallway.

Sanchez offside

The Chilean is found by a long opening from Bailly, but cannot follow up in front of three defenders anyway.

Sporting imprecise

Like a missed pass from Reis, the Portuguese are struggling to enter the last 30 meters of Marseille.

Clauss is looking for Harit

In front of the surface, Clauss has no choice but to try to serve Harit from the left in the back of the defense. It’s too deep.

Lopez misses himself

The pass from the Spanish goalkeeper is too high for Clauss. Sporting does not hesitate to press the opposing defense either.

Guendouzi informed

The Olympian midfielder has already received a warning for an elbow on Santos.

Tavares in action

Shifted by Harit, Tavares gets a first corner on a cross from his left lane. Veretout hits directly, it goes just above the crossbar.

OM have the ball

Possession hasn’t worked since kick-off, but the visitors got into their match pretty well.

Mbemba is looking for Rongier

His little ball over is too deep and ends up in Israel’s gloves. Meanwhile, Inacio is down.

Harit sanctioned

The Moroccan attacking midfielder is stopped in his pressing by a hand fault, yet non-existent.

Lopez anticipates

The Olympian goalkeeper comes out of his net to clear away a dangerous through pass, even if his throw-in on the ground is missed.

Let’s go between Sporting and OM!

The Marseillais are hiring, good game to all!

Kick-off imminent

The two teams tread the lawn of the José-Alvalade stadium, the start of the match will not be long!

OM are aiming for a first in more than 10 years

Marseille have not won two matches in a row in the Champions League since the 2012-2013 season, where they won against Borussia Dortmund (3-2) then against Inter Milan in the round of 16 first leg (1- 0).

A Spaniard whistling

The game will be refereed by Alejandro Hernandez, who has never officiated for both teams.

Tudor’s words at the microphone of RMC Sport

« It’s an important game, there are only three games left. It doesn’t change the approach, we start every game to do good things and be good. Sporting are a good team, with good players, and left the group last year. We will play as usual, (Israel) is bound to be a good player if he is there ».

OM in difficulty in Portugal

The Marseille club has not won any of its 8 European matches in Portugal, for a draw and 7 defeats. Away, Marseille also remains on 9 losses in a row in the Champions League, including 5 without scoring.

No Marseilles in danger

If Morita will be suspended for the next match in the event of a yellow card received this evening, no OM player is under threat of suspension for the trip to Frankfurt.

OM will play in black

Kick-off of the match in 40 minutes!

Tudor bets on continuity

The Croatian coach finally made only one change from the first leg: Rongier replaced Ünder, allowing Guendouzi to step up a notch and play alongside Harit, in support of Sanchez.

Two changes for Sporting

In addition to Adan, suspended and naturally replaced by Israel in goal, Amorim aligns Coates in place of St.Juste in the axis of the defense. Only the Dutchman, in addition to Neto and Cabral, is injured and absent.

The composition of Sporting

Israel – Gonçalo Inácio, Coates, Matheus Reis – Esgaio, Ugarte, Morita, Nuno Santos – Trincão, Pedro Gonçalves – Edwards

Substitutes: Paulo, Callai, Alexandropoulos, Rochinha, Issahaku, Paulinho, Porro, Gomes, Marsa, Nazinho

The composition of OM with Balerdi and Clauss

Lopez – Mbemba, Bailly, Balerdi – Clauss, Rongier, Veretout, Tavares – Guendouzi, Harit – Sanchez

Substitutes: Ngapandouentnbu, Blanco, Gigot, Kaboré, Gueye, Gerson, Payet, Under, Suarez

The Minots snatch the draw in the Youth League

A week after their rout at home against Sporting (6-0), the young Marseillais brought back a point from Lisbon (1-1). While they had conceded the opener, the Minots, 11 against 10 for half an hour, managed to snatch the draw. They must now hope for a miracle to clinch second place in their group, synonymous with play-offs.

The classification of Group D two days from the end

  1. Sporting, 8 pts
  2. Frankfurt, 8 pts
  3. Tottenham, 3 points
  4. OM2 points

Marseille fans arrested by Portuguese police

According to Correio da Manha and Record, a bus carrying Marseille supporters was stopped by the Portuguese police (PSP). OM fans are said to have caused damage to a service station on the A1 motorway and in particular damaged a police car. The club is in contact with the local authorities and does not yet know if these fifty supporters will be able to travel to Lisbon to attend the match.

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Marseille concern about possible abusive searches of supporters in Portugal

OM, which travels to the Sporting pitch, demanded guarantees for its supporters after the bad experience experienced by PSG supporters a week ago against Benfica (1-1).

>>> Abusive body searches of PSG supporters: OM’s concern before the trip to Lisbon

The probable line-up of OM in Portugal

Guendouzi could evolve a notch higher like at Tottenham or more generally like at the start of the season. Uncertainty remains between Balerdi and Gigot for the central defense, while Jonathan Clauss should be able to hold his place.

The probable composition of OM: Lopez – Mbemba, Bailly, Balerdi (or Gigot) – Clauss, Rongier, Veretout, Tavares – Guendouzi, Harit – Sanchez.


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Kick off at 9 p.m.

After winning 4-1 at the Vélodrome, OM return to Sporting this Wednesday in Portugal for the fourth day of the group stage of the Champions League. Kick off at 9 p.m.

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