Lyonnais stopped at West Ham, Marseille gets the better of PAOK Thessaloniki

Regrets for each Olympiad. On the pitch at West Ham, Olympique Lyonnais failed to win against a rival still reduced to ten (1-1), while Olympique de Marseille, who were playing at home, defeated PAOK Thessaloniki (2-1), on Thursday April 7.

  • Lyon uninspired
Lyonnais faced Kurt Zouma and West Ham in their Europa League quarter-final first leg match on 7 April 2022 in London.

In a long indecisive match, Lyonnais lacked solutions to win on West Ham’s pitch, in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals. With 71% ball possession and twenty-three shots (to the Hammers’ five), Les Gones could have expected much better from their trip to the London suburbs. But in the face of a well-grouped block, OL attackers often lacked late support and skill.

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While outnumbered after Aaron Cresswell was sent off just before half-time, Peter Bosz’s men slipped away. Ghostly until then, Jarrod Bowen capitalized on a series of Lyon errors to open the scoring shortly after returning from the locker room.

The Gones still reacted quickly to level, through Tanguy Ndombélé, served by Donetsk rookie Tetê. But despite their control of the ball, this achievement will remain the only one of the afternoon for the Lyonnais, who pushed without success. OL may regret it as it had the opportunity to take a first step towards qualification, but everything remains to be done before the second leg next Thursday.

  • Marseille takes an option for the classification
Marseille's Dimitri Payet takes a corner under the protection of security forces, in front of the Greek supporters, on April 7, 2022, at the Vélodrome stadium.

The Marseillais emerge victorious from their first duel against PAOK Thessaloniki (2-1), in the Europa League Conference, on a scalding afternoon at the Vélodrome stadium. Although in the city of Marseille there had already been incidents between the ultra fans of the Greek club and that of OM, tensions were also felt within the Marseille venue.

Before the kick-off, projectiles were launched between the visiting and local stands, in a thick smoke of smoke bombs. These projectile launches continued during the match, when Jorge Sampaoli’s players appeared before the Greek fans to take out the corners.

To try to make these distressing images in the stands forget, Dimitri Payet was in charge of watching over the show on the ground. Inspired, the Marseille captain found Gerson for the opening goal just before the quarter hour mark. Just before heading back to the locker room, the No.10 OM even extended the distance by resuming a sublime half-volley corner kick just outside the Greek penalty area. .

Dominated in the first half, PAOK reacted from the start of the second by closing the gap through Omar El-Kaddouri. The whites and the blacks took more advantage later, but the Marseilles made their technical superiority speak to hold the score.

He will travel to Greece, for the second leg, with a goal advantage but will have to do without several suspensions: Bamba Dieng and Boubacar Kamara, booked with a yellow card, as well as Gerson, sent off at the end of the match. Therefore, nothing is done and the Phocaeans may regret not having taken more shelter, especially since the reception in Greece promises to be hostile.

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