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OM's Conference League Hopes Fall Short Despite Win

OM's Conference League Hopes Fall Short Despite Win

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Publish on 05/19 at 23:30 - E. RAZO

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Olympique de Marseille secured a 2-1 win over Le Havre on Sunday night at Stade Océane, but it wasn't enough to clinch a UEFA Europa Conference League spot due to Olympique Lyonnais' victory. 

Le Havre and Marseille played to a scoreless first half, with the visitors generating ten total shots while the home side countered with four total shots. Still, neither team could break the 0-0 deadlock heading into the dressing room. 

OM also didn't receive any help in the first 45 minutes in the other matches, as their Conference League aspirations rested on RC Lens and Lyon losing. At halftime, Lens led 2-0 against Montpellier Hérault SC, while Lyon held a 1-0 advantage over RC Strasbourg.

Despite the scoreless first half, Jean-Louis Gasset and his team broke the scoreless contest midway through the final 45 minutes. It was a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 64th minute that handed Marseille the 1-0 advantage over Le Havre. 

Marseille secured a two-goal advantage over Le Club Doyen following a stunning goal in the 77th minute from Michael Amir Murillo. Le Havre did respond with a late goal from Mohamed Bayo in the second half stoppage time. 

OM marched toward victory from that point on but didn't receive the help it needed to secure European football for next season.

Lens did drop points as they drew against Montpellier, but Lyon secured a win over Strasbourg, so Les Gones moved into the Conference League position for next season. 

OM's midweek loss to Stade de Reims does come back to haunt them because if they had won that match, they would've had 53 points and the tiebreaker over OL. The reality now is that Marseille will be left without European football for next season, as they finished in eighth place with 50 points. 

>>FOCUS: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Heart of OM’s Attack

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