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OM's Europa League Run Ends After Loss to Atalanta

OM's Europa League Run Ends After Loss to Atalanta

UEFA Europa League
Publish on 05/09 at 23:30 - E. RAZO


Olympique de Marseille's run in the UEFA Europa League has ended with a 3-0 second-leg loss in the semifinals (4-1 on aggregate) to Atalanta on Thursday night at Gewiss Stadium.

In the first half, Marseille's attack struggled with only two total shots, while the home side recorded 13 total shots and eventually found the back of the net. The Serie A team broke the 1-1 aggregate deadlock thanks to a goal from Ademola Lookman in the 30th minute. 

Atalanta went into the dressing room with a 1-0 lead (2-1 on aggregate) and the Italian squad would find the insurance goals to secure their passage to the Europa League final.

Coming out of halftime, Gian Piero Gasperini and his team scored quickly courtesy of a goal from Matteo Ruggeri in the 50th minute. El Bilal Touré added another insurance goal in second-half stoppage time to secure Atalanta's ticket to IrelandasDublin Arena will host the final.

In the last 45 minutes, OM launched four total shots, but they couldn't score any goals to get themselves back in the game, resulting in a disappointing outcome for Jean-Louis Gasset and his team.

The elimination sees Marseille fall short again of reaching a European final for the second time in three years. Les Phocéens lost to Feyenoord in the UEFA Europa Conference League semifinal in 2022. 

Marseille will now shift its full focus to Ligue 1, where it has three matches left in the 2023-24 season. OM will have matches against FC LorientStade de Reims, and Le Havre as it aims to finish the campaign on a positive note. 

OM will welcome Lorient to the Stade Vélodrome and it will be a challenging match because Les Merlus are trying to avoid direct relegation with two games left in their season.

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