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OM’s Attack Sparks Lopsided Win Over Villarreal

OM’s Attack Sparks Lopsided Win Over Villarreal

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Publish on 03/07 at 23:30 - E. RAZO


Olympique de Marseille will travel to Spain next week with a significant edge after their impressive 4-0 win against Villarreal on Thursday night at the Stade Vélodrome in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie.

Jean-Louis Gasset and his squad only needed five total shots to have a commanding lead heading into halftime, as Marseille registered three goals in the first 45 minutes. Jordan Veretout scored the first goal in the 23rd minute, kicking off a flurry of goals to come.

Minutes later, Villarreal defender Yerson Mosquera scored an own goal in the 25th minute, so in a span of five minutes, the Spanish team faced a 2-0 deficit. Mosquera would feature in Marseille's third goal after his foul on Ismaïla Sarr led to a penalty kick call after a VAR review.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined in on the scoring in the 42nd minute, successfully converting the penalty kick to extend Marseille's lead to 3-0. Marcelino García Toral and his team endured a nightmare of a first half, and their struggles persisted into the last 45 minutes as the game only got worse.

In the 59th minute, Marseille scored their fourth goal thanks to Aubameyang, who netted his second of the match. Villarreal encountered another obstacle as they sought to reduce the deficit, aiming for a more manageable situation in the second leg next week.

As a substitute in the second half, Alberto Moreno quickly picked up two yellow cards, resulting in a red card in the 62nd minute. The Yellow Submarine also had difficulty putting the ball in the net, only getting off five shots during the match. 

Both of these teams will meet again on March 14 at Estadio de la Cerámica, where Marseille looks to punch their ticket to the Europa League quarterfinals.

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