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Friendly: Middlesbrough 2-0 OM (finished) – Football

Despite its very large domination in first priority, Olympique de Marseille fell on the lawn of Middlesbrough (2-0), this Friday, for its 3 preparation match for the other. Another setback against a Championship club in less than a week.

On a much better pitch and with ideal weather conditions, the Marseillais quickly displayed a clear superior technique. Still in the wake of a thunderous Tour which took a lot of initiatives, the Marseille club slowly but surely put down its game. However, the possession sequences were sterile and the ball only too rarely arrived at Milik’s feet, alone in attack.

Over the minutes, the Marseille domination becomes clearer. The Polish striker finally had the opportunity to distinguish himself but his low shot after a very good serve from Kolasinac was too crushed. A few minutes later, Steffen pulled out all the stops by fending off attempts from nder and Gerson in quick succession. The goalkeeper on loan from Manchester City once again saved his side before the break by beating Milik following an unsteady pass from a partner.

Returning from the locker room, Marseille were not far from being surprised but Lopez authoritatively repelled a powerful shot from Boyd-Munce. An alert followed by a sanction since Jones took advantage of an intervention by Balerdi to deceive the Spanish goalkeeper (1-0, 53rd). Forced to react, OM struggled to get closer to the opposing goal. We had to wait for Clauss to see the visitors worry Steffen, but the former Lensois was too short on two consecutive actions.

While OM should be able to return, the Championship club drove the point home through Tavernier, who stalked it after an intervention from Amavi, settled Lopez low to the ground (2-0, 73rd). The addition could have even been dirtier without an Ibre stop in front of McGree. Despite a last opportunity for Bakambu, OM could not find the net. One more time. We will have to do much better against Betis, in five days…

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