Propelled captain in the absence of Sebastian Coates, Antonio Adan had the worst match of his career against Olympique de Marseille (4-1) on Tuesday in the Champions League. A disastrous performance for the Spanish goalkeeper, who threw Sporting Portugal into the ravine.
Adan had a nightmare in Marseille.
Sitting, alone, in the stands of the Vlodrome, his eyes dark, biting his tracksuit, in added time. Two hours earlier, Antonio Adan (35) did not expect to spend the worst evening of his football career. And yet, the Sporting Portugal goalkeeper did indeed go through hell against Olympique de Marseille.
Adan, OM’s best ally
Everything had started well for the former Real Madrid player. In the corridors of the Marseille enclosure, the doorman of the Lusitanian formation displayed a broad smile. After all, the Lions had still not conceded a single goal in two Champions League games against Eintracht Frankfurt (0-3) and Tottenham (2-0). Better yet, the Iber wore the captain’s armband in the absence of the injured Sebastian Coates. A bright evening lay ahead for the last bulwark of Sporting, who had taken the lead quickly thanks to a goal from Francisco Trincao after less than a minute. Before the tragedy.
Yet given confidence on a low shot from Amine Harit pushes low, Adan lost his footing on a missed clearance directly on Alexis Sanchez in the 13th minute. A won goal, of course, but it needed more to destabilize him. And that more was happening very quickly. On a new recovery error, Madrid returned the ball to Marseille, who in a few seconds converted his offering by Harit, scorer of a header taking advantage of the poor positioning of the opposing goalkeeper in the 16th minute. Two gifts at this level of competition, the vice-champion of France has been spoiled.
A 0 is very rare
But as the saying goes, never two without three . Best ally of the Marseille club, Adan definitely cracked on a harmless action. After a long clearance from Pau Lopez, the ex-Merengue misjudged a race from Nuno Tavares, who went deep. Surprised by too long a head control from the left side, the one who defended the Betis cage between 2014 and 2018 touched the ball with his hand outside his area in an incomprehensible way. A direct red card after only 23 minutes which allowed OM to calmly manage the debates and to dig a little further apart only 5 minutes after their exit.
Rare fact to be underlined, Adan was credited with a note of 0/10 by the editorial staff of Maxifoot. To find the trace of a bubble on our site, you have to go back to the slap inflicted by Bayern Munich on FC Barcelona (8-2), in August 2020. At the time, Marc-Andr ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Piqu, Clment Lenglet, Sergi Roberto and Arturo Vidal had also achieved this feat. To catch up, Adan will have to wait three weeks and the displacement of Sporting Tottenham during the 5th day.
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