We expected a surge from the attacking trio of Spurs. Finally, OM did more than hold their own during the first period on the lawn of Tottenham, despite the defeat (2-0). Well helped by an intractable defense against Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Richarlison, the Marseillais had control of the ball (58% possession at halftime). But faced with a London block well in place and ready to go on the counter as soon as he recovered the ball, they did not find the inspiration – which Alexis Sanchez could have brought if he had not been suspended – to pierce it.
Thus, only the long shots of Nuno Tavares (20th, off target) and Chancel Mbemba (30th, diverted for a corner) brought an ounce of danger to the goal kept by Hugo Lloris. The Spurs, they were still able to be threatening when they managed to pass the halfway line. First there were these three strikes in a row, all countered by the Marseille rearguard (34th), then this too cross shot from Kane, obviously not on a great night (41st).
And it was on a new foray by Spurs into the Marseille half of the field, as soon as the game resumed, that the match changed. Surprised by a Heung-min Son launched behind his back, Chancel Mbemba was sent off for having cut off the Korean, who was spinning on goal (47th). The Marseillais, very disciplined after this expulsion, finally cracked a quarter of an hour from the end on a header from Richarlison, lonely at the reception of a cross from the left (76th). Groggy, they once again forgot the Brazilian five minutes later and conceded the break goal, again with a header (82nd).
Marseille have suffered their 40th defeat in the Champions League (in 74 matches), losing 15 times in their last 16 meetings in the competition. (Opt)
The fact: Harry Kane’s difficult evening
In the center of the three-man defense lined up by his coach Igor Tudor, Éric Bailly had quite a client in front of him in the person of Harry Kane. From the start of the match, the Ivorian marked his territory against the Spurs striker, author of 5 goals in 6 Premier League matches this season, like this authoritarian (but clean) intervention at the level of the middle line (19th).
After having stumbled on Nuno Tavares (34th), the Englishman, shifted by Son in the box, completely missed the conclusion of a London counter-attack by crossing a shot with the flat of the right foot too much. His last attempt in added time, after which the ball flew over the Marseille frame, was the end point of an evening without him.