Olympique de Marseille – Atalanta (1-1): Flashscore editorial notes

Olympique de Marseille – Atalanta (1-1): Flashscore editorial notes
Olympique de Marseille – Atalanta (1-1): Flashscore editorial notes

Find the Flashscore editorial notes for the Europa League semi-final first leg between Olympique de Marseille and Atalanta, this evening at the Stade Vélodrome.

Pau Lopez 5 – Clauss 6, Mbemba 6, Balerdi 7, Murillo 4, Luis Henrique 5 – Veretout 5, Kondogbia 4, Harit 6 – Sarr 5, Aubameyang 6.

Musso 3 – Scalvini 5, Djimsiti 6, Kolasinac (not rated, replaced by Pasalic 5) – Zappacosta 6, De Roon 5, Ederson 5, Ruggeri 5 – Koopmeiners 7, De Ketelaere 4, Scamacca 6.

The MVP: Teun Koopmeiners

Absolutely everywhere, the Dutchman from Atalanta. First decisive passer of a magnificent opening for Scamacca, he then managed Atalanta’s offensive play, to the point of being the only dangerous element for an hour. Two beautiful strikes, a free kick which would have deserved a better fate, but above all an incessant activity which made the Marseille defense dizzy, it only missed a goal.

The boss: Leonardo Balerdi

The new dimension taken by the Argentinian was verified this evening. Not involved in the Italian opening score, he then managed the defense masterfully, shutting down Scamacca for the rest of the match. Often relevant to the restart, he tackled at all costs and countered the rare transalpine waves after the break. Sometimes limited, it is nevertheless more and more reassuring for its defensive line.

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Balerdi was everywhere.AFP / StatsPerform

The pleasant surprise: Amine Harit

Not always convincing, the Moroccan scored big points this evening. Excessive activity in the midfield, playing almost exclusively forward, an essential point of detail for the Marseillais to play well. Delivers a goal ball that Aubameyang will not convert at the end of the first period. Catalyst of several dangerous situations, he weighed on the meeting for once.

Disappointment: Juan Musso

The Atalanta goalkeeper had only conceded seven goals in 10 Europa League matches. Of course, he only took one this evening, but we still wonder how. Between his failed exit from a corner not exploited by Mbemba, or its laxity which almost allowed Moumbagna to crucify him – not counting the strike on the barOunahi – the goalkeeper is doing well despite a lackluster match.

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