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DIRECT. Benfica Lisbon - OM: follow the match

In a hostile Estadio da Luz, Olympique de Marseille challenges Benfica Lisbon in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League. A crucial match a week before returning to the Vélodrome.

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DIRECT. Benfica Lisbon - OM: follow the match

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20:40 – 24 years without a victory

Olympique de Marseille has only one victory against France. Benfica in all its history. This dates back to the very first clash with the Portuguese on April 4, 1990 in the semi-final of the Champion Clubs' Cup, the ancestor of the current Champions League. At the Vélodrome, the Marseillais were left behind; surprise à in the 10th minute by Lima but were able to react to score two goals in the first half by Sauzée and Papin (2-1).

20:35 – Solid à home

Undefeated &agrav; home in the league, Benfica Lisbon has only two losses in front of its public this season. Both were attacked. conceded in the Champions League against RB Salzburg (0-2) and Real Sociedad (0-1). The Lisbon club has not lost yet again. home in the Europa League since December 18, 2008 and the reception of Metalist Kharkiv (0-1).

20:30 – A bad series

L'Olympique de Marseille remains on a series of three losses consé competitive in Ligue 1. The Marseillais thus bowed to Rennes (0-2), against Paris Saint-Germain (0-2) and à Lille (1-3), last weekend. The Marseille club is even at risk. four defeats in a row since he lost in the round of 16 second leg at home. Villarreal (1-3). This is OM's worst series of poor performances since April 2015.

20:25 – Benfica file à the Scotswoman

In the round of 16, Benfica Lisbon struggled to win. to come à end of Glasgow Rangers. Hooked &agrav; home during the first leg (2-2), the Lisbon team had the character to seek their qualification in the rain at home in the first leg (2-2). Ibrox Stadium thanks to à a goal from Rafa Silva in the last half hour (1-1).

20:20 – As in 2018 ?

This is the first time since 2018 that Olympique de Marseille has reached the qualifying phase. Direct elimination from the Europa League. Six years ago, the Phocéen club was already on the rise. past by the dams and had been eliminated there. Sporting Braga (3-0 at home and 0-1 in Portugal, editor’s note). Behind, he had achieved an epic until the final, failing against Atletico de Madrid (0-3).

20:20 – A scare against Villarreal

In the previous round, Marseille Olympique defeated Villarreal. A qualification that has emerged in the first leg. At the Vélodrome, the Marseillais had easily dominated; their adversaries thanks in particular to à a double d'Aubameyang (4-0). A large victory was necessary because they then plunged into battle. on the return with a 1-3 defeat, after having notably been ´ led&eac; 0-3.

20:15 – Act VI

This is the 6th time that Benfica Lisbon and Olympique de Marseille have met on the European stage in an official match. For the moment, the advantage is very slightly in favor of the Lisbon side who have two wins against just one. their Marseille rivals, for two draws.

Unsurprisingly, Oscar Schmidt alignedé his typical team including Di Maria à right of the Lisbon attack where he will be associated with &agrav; Tengstedt en pointe and Neres à LEFT. In the middle, Florentino and Joao Neves will be responsible for recovery when Rafa Silva will play a step above in support of the attacker. Behind, Otamendi will keep the central axis with Antonio Silva, while Aursnes and Bah will occupy the left and right lanes.

20:10 – A spoiled party ?

Tuesday evening, the Portuguese authorities decided to take action. to cancel the tickets of Marseille supporters. A frontal response to stoppage prefectural report of the Prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône published last Friday stipulating the ban on travel to Lisbon fans in Madrid. Marseille ahead of the Europa League quarter-final second leg (April 18).

"It would be annoying if the supporters weren't there. It’s not football. We love competition and the supporters are part of it", regretted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at a press conference, echoed by Jean-Louis Gasset. "Football is a party. That the supporters are with us is logical. I hope people will find a solution to make the party successful."

Still uncertain the day before, Chancel Mbemba holds his place well within the Marseille defense. Touché at the knee against PSG, he is alignedé entrance &amp;eacute; right of a quartet where Balerdi and Gigot will guard the axis and Merlin the left flank. In the middle, Luis Henrique joins in à side the usual Veretout and Kondogbia. In front, Moumbagna is positioned; at the forefront with Aubameyang à his left and Harit &agrav; his right.

20:05 – An Englishman on the whistle

The meeting will be refereed by the Englishman Michael Oliver. He will be assisted by his compatriots Stuart Burt and Daniel Cook. Another Englishman Andrew Madley will officiate as 4th referee. The video arbitration will be, as for he, assuredé by the British pair Chris Kavanagh-Jarred Gavan Gillett.

Good evening à all and &agrav; everyone and welcome to follow this quarter-final first leg of the Europa League. Olympique de Marseille travels to Lisbon in Portugal to face Benfica Lisbon.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116