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Marseille unleashed Athletic, but a controversial penalty kept the hopes of the Basques 

Marseille unleashed Athletic, but a controversial penalty kept the hopes of the Basques


Olympiacos Marseille defeated with 3:1 Athletic Bilbao in the first 1/8-final clash between the two teams in Europa League at `Bledorom`. The hosts showed a very interesting and attacking game and could have a much more expressive success. A controversial penalty at the end of the first half retained the guests` hopes for a reversal. The French were lucky for Lucas Ocampos in the 1 st and 58 th minute and Dimitri Plage in the 14th minute. The Spaniards were Aritz Adouris in the 45th minute.

The match started for hosts. Only a few seconds after the first judge signal they came to the result. Marsilli organized a multi-attack attack, Florian Taven with a great pass to find Lucas Ocampos behind the defense and he technically knocked the ball past the goal keeper for 1:0. In the 14th minute the result was doubled. A defender of the guests cleared a bad ball and gave it to Dimitri Paye, who volunteered a beautiful goal for 2:0
Three minutes later the score could become classical. Valer Ghermen leaped just outside the penalty area, trying to extend the ball past his feet, but Jago Erein was able to save the ball.

In the 45th minute came the most controversial situation in the match. Aritz Adouris fired at the door and hit the body of Adil Rami. At first the judge set a corner kick, but after a serious challenge by the guests and consultation with his assistants, he changed his mind and pointed to the white dot. However, this was a very debated decision because the ball really touched the defender`s hand, but the shot was too strong, and Rammy`s hand was tightly tucked up to the body. However, Adouris performed technically in the penalty `Panenka` and reduced to 2:1.

Marseille, however, continued to be the more dangerous team in the second half and in the 58th minute returned the two-goal lead. Pye advanced to the left and centered on Okampus, who fired at the door, and after bad intervention by guard Erein, the ball rolled the net behind him for 3:1. By the end of the match, the hosts besieged the Basque door and missed a few good positions through Clinton H `Jie and Maxim Lopez.

In 83 minutes Okampus technically transferred the goal keeper, but the defender cleared loathsome in front of the goal. In the added time H `Zie scored a goal that was canceled for ambush. Eventually, the match ends in this result, with Marseille being the favorite before the rematch, while Athletic will have to score at least two goals if he wants to move on.

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