In the 5th round of the Europa League group stage, Galatasaray was played by Olympique Marseille. It was one of the most interesting matches in this series of games. In the event of a victory, the hosts from Istanbul could secure a certain advance to the knockout stage. The players from France were hoping to finally break through and score the first three points. Earlier meetings with the participation of Arkadiusz Milik’s team ended in draws, making the team from Marseille the third team in the Europa League to share points in the first four matches.
The first 45 minutes of this meeting flew by in the blink of an eye. A lot has happened at both goals. There was no shortage of goalkeepers’ intervention, hits on the posts or crossbars, and most importantly, goals. The players played this match at a really good pace. If you look at the stats from this part of the game, the guys were the dominant side. They fired more shots, both on target and off target. However, the truth is quite different.
The hosts had an optical advantage, so they deservedly descended into the locker room leading 2-0. For the first two quarters of an hour, Olympique de Marseille was mainly defending itself. In the 12th minute, Boubacar Kamara, the captain of the Marseilles, had a terrible loss in the center of the field. The Galatasaray players immediately moved forward. The football was won by Sofiane Feghouli, who showed a dribble and a pass to Alexandru Cicaldau, who was running into the penalty area. The Romanian defeated Pau Lopez with a flat shot from an acute angle.
The guests replied after a few minutes. Luan Peres only hit the post. The team from Istanbul consistently attacked with their right side. Sofiane Feghouli had plenty of free space practically every time. In the 30th minute, the Turkish team increased their lead. On the right side of the penalty area, the first goal scorer fell into it. Alexandru Cicaldau wanted to play to a better placed partner, but Duje Caleta-Car cut across the ball. However, the defender of OM did it so badly that he put the ball into his own net.
In the 38th minute the game was interrupted for a moment. The reason for this was the behavior of the hosts’ fans who threw various objects at their rivals, preventing them from taking a corner kick. Moments later, after the game resumed, Bamba Dieng gave a very good shot from 16 meters, but he only hit the crossbar. Before the ball hit the goal frame, it rubbed against Fernando Musler’s hands.
After the change of sides, the Marseilles had to move decisively forward, because their defeat, with Lazio’s victory, eliminated them from further play in the Europa League. Just two minutes after the resumption of the game, Arkadiusz Milik served Bambe Dienga with an excellent pass. The forward OM passed the goalkeeper but failed to steer the ball into the empty goal. Over time, however, the pace of the game slowed down and the hosts effectively made the game difficult for their opponents.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, Galatasaray players launched another action, which ended with a goal. Sofiane Feghouli took advantage of Kerema Akturkoglu’s excellent pass and threw the ball into the empty goal from close range. The game seemed to be over. A few moments later, however, the visitors from Marseille were given a penalty. Arkadiusz Milik set the ball on the eleventh meter. The Polish striker made this permanent part of the game terrible. The Uruguayan goalkeeper of the Turkish team sensed the intentions of our representative, but he was helpless in the face of the rebound. It was the 27-year-old’s second goal that was virtually invisible in the first half. He made eight contacts with the soccer ball and only passed to team mates four times.
Arkadiusz Milik’s goal made OM players all bet on one card. Thanks to this, the match became extremely open and chaotic. Both groups had 100% opportunities to score more goals. When it seemed that the Marseilles were taking the initiative, the goal for the hosts was scored by Ryan Babel, who appeared on the pitch from the bench. The guests responded quickly. The Polish striker entered the list of shooters for the second time. Thus, he established the result of this meeting.
In the last line, Galatasaray will go to Rome, where he will face Lazio. Olympique Marseille will be hosted by Lokomotiv Moscow. The matches of the sixth series of Europa League group stage games will take place on December 9.
Galatasaray – Olympique Marseille 4: 2 (2: 0)
Goals: Alexandru Cicaldau (12 ‘), Duje Caleta-Car (30’), Sofiane Feghouli (64 ‘), Ryan Babel (83’) – Arkadiusz Milik (70 ‘, 86’)
Yellow cards: Alexandru Cicaldau, Olimpiu Morutan – Pape Gueye, Bamba Dieng, Luan Peres, Matteo Guendouzi, Arkadiusz Milik, Gerson
Judge: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Galatasaray: Fernando Muslera – DeAndre Yedlin, Victor Nelsson, Marcao, Patrick van Aanholt – Taylan Antalyali, Berkan Kutlu (90th Bartug Elmaz), Alexandru Cicaldau (51st Olimpiu Morutan) – Sofiane Feghouli (82nd Christian Luyindama), Mbaye Diagne (90th Mostafa Mohamed), Kerem Akturkoglu (82nd Ryan Babel)
OHM: Pau Lopez – Pol Lirola, William Saliba, Duje Caleta-Car, Luan Peres – Matteo Guendouzi, Boubacar Kamara, Gerson, Pape Gueye (63. Konrad de la Fuente) – Arkadiusz Milik, Bamba Dieng