Europa League / 3rd day. If he can be satisfied with the point brought back from Lazio Rome on Thursday, OM has chained a third draw in as many games and remains in the dark for qualification.
Referee: D. Aytekin (GER).
Warnings in Marseille: Payet (52nd), Kamara (73rd), Rongier (81st).
Europe still refuses OM: Marseille has chained in Rome a third consecutive draw in the Europa League, against Lazio on Thursday (0-0), pushing back its quest for qualification at the end of the year games, to three days of hosting the Paris SG at the Vélodrome.
From Moscow (1-1) to Rome, via the Galatasaray hall on the Canebière (0-0), European matches follow and resemble each other. But reporting a point from Rome, the initial favorite of the pool, is not a poor performance.
Especially in view of the attractive second produced by the Romans, who could have won without a great stop from Pau Lopez in front of Pedro at the end of the match (87th).
Still, OM is in a rather fragile situation: the slightest defeat, on November 4 at the Velodrome against the Italians or during the last two days against Lokomotiv or in Istanbul, would complicate the accounting situation.
However, the Olympic coach Jorge Sampaoli had aligned a gala team with a single change among the winners of Lorient on Sunday (4-1) and the tenure of nder.
In a Stadio Olimpico where the French supporters had been banned, Milik had his chances but missed the frame (20th, 30th), Ünder stumbled on Thomas Strakosha (40th) while Pau Lopez did credit to his lender club, the ‘AS Rome, by deflecting several Lazial attempts (33rd, 34th, 67th). When the crossbar did not come to replace the Spanish goalkeeper in front of Immobile (69th), still decisive against Pedro.
A goalkeeper in shape, OM will undoubtedly need it against Paris on Sunday. And maybe still in the dead of winter, if he wants to qualify.