OM Bow Out As Baup’s Youngsters Are Beaten
2 late AEL goals ensured the Cypriots took all 3 points from a much changed OM side, as the home side ran out 3-0 winners to save some pride as they too played their last game in Europe this season.
To be fair to AEL they played well, their starting 11 little changed from previous league and European matches. OM on the other hand struggled to match the pace and intensity of their opposite numbers, and the 10 changes that Baup opted for told. Marseille lacked their usual fight, neat play was a struggle to come by and all too easy to break up for AEL.
It is unlikely that Baup will be too upset with the squad, most of whom have not managed any first team action this season, if ever. The positives of some performances will please Baup with Mendes once again looking good defensively, and Raspentino, Jobello and Omrani each showing glimpses of potential in an attack alongside Remy.
If Marseille had made it to half time without conceding then they may have went on to win the game, so Orlando Sa’s 42nd minute goal was decisive in the overall result. The goal game from a corner, showing that OM squads at all levels must improve on this defensive weakness.
The other 2 goals in the final 10 minutes will feel like a sucker-punch to OM who coped well with little experience. However, just as the reverse fixture at the Velodrome did, this result slightly flatters the victors.