OM lost again in a friendly at Middlesbrough

Definitely, Olympique de Marseille does not like to face the residents of the English Second Division. After losing heavily to Norwich last Saturday at Fos-sur-Mer (3-0), OM conceded another defeat on Friday against Middlesbrough (2-0).

From the first period, we will remember this double Marseille opportunity in the 37th minute. At the start of the latter, Gerson, omnipresent in the midfield until his exit, found Sead Kolasinac on the left, who served Cengiz Ünder at the level of the penalty spot. The uncontrolled strike from the Turk was repelled by Boro goalkeeper Zackary Steffen who, in the process, intervened, not without difficulty, on a shot from Gerson. The first dangerous sequence of the Phocaeans in the meeting…

The Marseillais could, even should, have opened the scoring in this first period as the American goalkeeper, author last April with Manchester City of an incredible ball against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the FA Cup (2-3), seemed feverish, at least during the first act, like this corner kicked directly into the feet of Chancel Mbemba at the far post.

The Marseillais sank in the second period

Coincidence or not, it was from the start of the second period, and the entries of Duje Caleta-Car and Leonardo Balerdi, that the Marseillais took on water. The powerful strike of Caolan Boyd-Munce (48th), lonely at the entrance to the surface, after a poor return from Kolasinac, was only a warning.

Four minutes later, Caleta-Car let Isaiah Jones slip away after a failed intervention at the halfway line and, despite the return of Balerdi, the English right winger managed to get rid of the Argentinian before concluding from the flat of the foot between the legs of Pau Lopez (52nd, 1-0).

Never dangerous during this second period – in addition to a face-to-face loss by Cédric Bakambu in the 87th – the Marseillais conceded a second goal through Marcus Tavernier who, taking advantage of the passivity of Caleta-Car, deceived the Spanish goalkeeper with a cross shot (72nd, 2-0).

The Marseillais, no doubt exhausted by a demanding preparation on the part of Igor Tudor, still have two weeks and two more matches (July 27 against Betis then July 31 against AC Milan) before starting their Ligue 1 season. , against Reims at the Vélodrome.


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