Olympique De Marseille Vs. Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Timeline – Brighton & Hove Albion still wait for their first European win but gave their fans plenty of entertainment during their frenetic 2-2 draw away at Marseille on Thursday evening. The home side raced into a 2-0 goal lead early on through Brighton’s errors before the Premier League side returned. They were rewarded for their efforts with a late point.
Albion visit the Stade Velodrome to take on Marseille in this vital and intriguing Europa League Group B match. The Seagulls will want to get some points on the European board.
Tariq Lamptey and Danny Welbeck start, and Brighton-born Lewis Dunk will lead the team for his first European match after the club captain missed the AEK Athens match.
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Brighton & Hove Albion is in good form in Europe Europa League and won two home games at The American Express Community Stadium.
Olympique Marseille is in good form in the Europa League and won one away game.
In their past two meetings, Brighton & Hove Albion never lost to Olympique Marseille.
How Brighton proved their mettle in Marseille
Brighton appeared stagestruck during the first half inside a stadium that rocked with the noise of vociferous home support.
De Zerbi admitted the atmosphere had been a factor in knocking his players out of their usual rhythm that has seen them win five of their first seven Premier League games this season.
After going two goals down on their first-ever European away trip, Brighton could easily have crumbled. Conceding a third might have done for them, but the seagulls refused to believe they were down and out. If anything, they played better when they were behind than later when they were level. It was like the players reminded each other how they got here in the first place. Roberto De Zerbi said something special to them at halftime because they came out for the second 45, all guns blazing. The early goal back came as no surprise, nor did the equalizer. Make no mistake: Brighton belongs in Europe.
Player Of The Match
Pascal Gross. Take your pick from any one of eleven, to be honest, but the German midfielder seemed to be the player driving Brighton on, stirring his teammates into action, refusing to let them lose their heads even at 2-0 down. He ran as much as anyone, adding himself to an attacking force that needed additional numbers. It came as no surprise that he should be the one in position to receive the ball and slot home the goal that genuinely allowed Brighton to believe they were back in the game. An additional shout-out goes to Lewis Dunk, who was unquestionably guilty of one of the goals but did everything possible to redeem himself by getting one.
MARSEILLE: Lopez 7; Murillo 5, Balerdi 5, Mbemba 5, Clauss 6, Veretout 7, Rongier 5, Correa 7, Harit 6, Ndiaye 6, Aubameyang 6… Subs: Lodi 6, Ounahi 5, Sarr 6, Vitinha 5
BRIGHTON: Steele 6; Dunk 6, Lamptey 7; Dahoud 5; March 5, Gross 8, Welbeck 7, Mitoma 7; Van Hecke 7, Fati 7, Veltman 7… Subs: Gimour 6, Adingra 6, Ferguson 6
As it happened: Marseille v Brighton Europa League Live
19′ – GOAL! – MARSEILLE 1 – 0 BRIGHTON And the big center-back, Chancel Mbemba, finds himself in the middle with plenty of space and swipes in a ball from March that shouldn’t have made it through.
20′ – GOAL! – MARSEILLE 2 – 0 BRIGHTON Two in a minute for Marseille, and it’s come from a mistake by the Brighton captain, Lewis Dunk, hours after receiving news of his England call-up. Jordan Veretout seized on the error in the middle, whipped at it, and deflected it into the net.
54′ – GOAL! MARSEILLE 1 – 2 BRIGHTON Brilliant from Lamptey running with the ball down the left, forcing his way into the box before finding Pascal Gross. Gross was well positioned and had time to pick his spot, well out of reach of the keeper Lopez.
86′ – PENALTY FOR BRIGHTON! Jonathan Clauss steps on the foot of Tariq Lamptey, and it might go to the video referee, but there’s no doubt about it. What a moment this could be for Brighton.
88′ – GOAL! MARSEILLE 2 – 2 BRIGHTON Cool as you like, Joao Pedro makes it all square. He sent the keeper to the left, went the other way, and kept it low. Perfect penalty.
Our matchday travel scheme is in process this Thursday, where home and away fans can travel for free on buses and trains within the travel region upon production of their match ticket.
Please check Southern Rail’s website before your journey for followers traveling by rail. Ensure you leave early and in plenty of time. Certain trains departing from Falmer post-match will not stop at Moulsecoomb or London Road.
Brighton & Hove Buses and Stagecoach will operate a regular midweek service across our Travel Zone.
Mill Road and Brighton Racecourse park & ride sites are open from 5 pm, with spaces occupied on a first-come-first-aidd basis.
The last P&R bus leaves the ground one and a half hours after the final whistle, and the places close soon. There’s still time to volume a coach bench with Seagull Travel. Groups desiring to come to the match via private minivan or coaches need to book a parking space through follower services.
With limited spaces accessible in car parks B and C (Sussex University). We instruct you to book as soon as possible via our website. All parking must be reserved in advance. Roads will be busy, so please consent to extra time for your journey. Full travel information can be found here.
Both teams had 14 shots this evening, with Brighton having five on target to Marseille’s 4.
Marseille have won only one of their last 16 matches against English Premier League opposition but have halted a run of six losses in a row.
Marseille have won only one of their last 17 UEFA Europa League group matches.
Brighton achieved their best-ever result in European football – two games, one loss, one draw.
Who are Brighton’s main competitors?
The Seagull’s main competitors are the Eagles! Though the club is over 40 miles away, Crystal Palace is the club’s biggest competitor. When the two teams meet, the rivalry is known as the M23 derby, called after the motorway between south London and Sussex. In history, the teams are evenly matched. Brighton has flattened Palace 40 times, and Palace has won 38 times.