Marseille Seal Europa League Final Spot With Controversial Goal

Alicia Farmer
May 4, 2018

It was Salzburg who made the breakthrough though, thanks to Haidara.

Salzburg manager Marco Rose and some of his players argued with the officials following the final whistle. Much more is expected of them in the return leg, at the Red Bull Arena, this coming Thursday.

"I'm sorry for the guys who played their great Europa League season, then we were whistled away by the referee, what am I supposed to do?" The two teams were drawn in the same group, with Salzburg winning one game and the other game ending in a draw.

After 90 minutes, the 2-0 lead had been equaled and both sides were heading for extra-time.

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Yet, anyone who witnessed Lazio's trip to Austria in the quarter-final will have known that this particular cog in the Red Bull machine have a bit about them. Fredrik Gulbrandsen will lead the line with Dabbar on Thursday. He struck the post, and had he scored, the outlook may be a little different. Payet has been incredible over the last two Europa League games for Marseille.

As dominant as Marseille were in the first leg, they didn't make it count as much as the perhaps should have and, as a result, this tie is far from over.

Marseille had the majority of first-half attempts at goal, per WhoScored.com, but failed to test opposition goalkeeper Alexander Walke, and their earlier profligacy in front of the frame later came back to haunt them. Moanes Dabbur has 26 goals to his name this season, an impressive return which includes five in Europe, but Marseille defended well in the first leg and will be looking to continue that here. One can only hope they, as underdogs for the final, don't lose sight of their attacking prowess in a bid to shore up their defence.

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