OM record against Portuguese clubs

What’s next after this announcement?

Portuguese clubs are usually successful in the European Cup. Precisely, it is the one that will come to step on the pitch of the Orange Vélodrome this Tuesday in the Champions League. Indeed, Olympique de Marseille hosts Sporting CP on this third day of the Champions League. A confrontation that could already seal his fate in C1.

But, in the past, the Phocaeans have already faced teams from the country of Cristiano Ronaldo. The first big double clash came during the 1989-1990 season and it was a very bad memory for Marseille. If the latter win two goals to one in the first leg, they will be beaten by a goal to nil in the second leg and therefore eliminated. The only goal in this part comes from a corner, shot from left to right, deflected to the near post before Vata shoves the leather into the net with an arm gesture.

It will take almost fifteen years to find any trace of a confrontation between OM and a Portuguese club. In 2003-2004, the year of Didier Drogba, the Marseilles were in C1 of the Porto group. Race results two defeats with a nice 2-3 at the Vélodrome and a 0-1 loss away from home.

OM can’t do it against Porto

Four years later, the two teams meet again, still in the most prestigious of European competitions. This time, OM added a point at home (1-1). However, the Marseilles are defeated again on their trip, this time by a very narrow margin (1-2). And two later, OM will find Benfica in the Europa League.

Almost two decades have passed since the hand of Vata and the people of Marseille have a hard tooth. Erik Gerets’ OM will draw at the Stade de la Luz but will lose in Marseille by two goals to one. Five years later, Braga will face OM in the Europa League. Result: a loss (2-3) away and a win at home (1-0).

an infamous balance

During the European epic that takes Rudi García’s players to the final, Thauvin and his teammates will meet Portuguese teams twice. This time, the balance is quite balanced. Against Victoria Guimaraes, the Marseilles won at home (2-1) and lost away (0-1). They will then face Braga with a demonstration at the Orange Vélodrome (3-0) and defeat away from home (1-0). Finally, under the command of André Villas-Boas in a Champions League without fans due to Covid, he will lose twice (0-2, 0-3).

In short, the Marseilles, who have never faced Sporting CP, do not really succeed against the Portuguese teams. They have never beaten FC Porto and have a total of four wins, two draws and ten losses. But there is a beginning for everything…

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