Marseille need to achieve four home wins out of four in the European Conference League if they are to reach the opening final at the expense of Feyenoord, who finished the French club’s perfect record in the competition with a 3-2 victory in the tournament. The semi-finals go to Rotterdam.
• Marseille finished third in Group E in the UEFA Europa League during the fall, behind Galatasaray and Lazio, winning only their last game at home to Lokomotiv Moskva, before sailing into the UEFA Champions League knockout round against Carabao (3- 1). H, 3-0a) and also took home and away wins against Basel in the round of 16 (2-1h, 2-1a) and PAOK in the quarter-finals (2-1h, 1-0a). ), with Dimitri Payet on goal in both games against the Greek Cup holders.
• Feyenoord finished six points ahead of Slavia Braha to top Group E of the European Conference League unbeaten and qualified directly to the Round of 16, with two additional victories in the comfortable elimination of Partizan 8-3 on aggregate (5-2a, 3-1h). ). They once again faced the Czech champions in the quarter-finals and beat them 6-4 on aggregate (3-3 hours, 3-1a), and striker Cyril Desires scored twice in the second leg win in Prague.
Marseille vs Feyenoord: Latest from the match
• Desires was on the scoring sheet two more times in the first leg of the semi-finals to raise his score for the competition to the top ten, as the Nigerian striker opened and concluded the scoring in a vibrant meeting in which Marseille scored two goals. Behind – through Bamba Deng and Gerson – after Luis Sinistera doubled the hosts’ lead.
• Clubs have only been paired once previously, in the second group stage of the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League, when Feyenoord beat Marseille, won 3-0 at home and drew 0-0, although neither team excelled until the quarter-finals .
• Marseille’s record against Dutch clubs in the UEFA competition is W7 D2 L7. In France, it’s W4 D1 L3 and the four wins have come in the last five matches, most recently 2-1 against Groningen in the fifth round of the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League. Their historical record in knockout matches, home and away against Dutch teams is W2 L2, with wins in their last two matches – both in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup, when they beat Twente on penalties in the round of 32 (0-1h, 1-0a) before Elimination of Ajax, who had been eliminated twice in previous encounters, after extra time in the round of 16 (2-1h, 2-2a).
• Feyenoord has played in France only twice since that 0-0 draw in Marseille in 2000, and lost 3-0 away to Nancy in the UEFA Cup group stage in both 2006/07 and 2008/09. Their only victory in the country came on their first visit – 1-0 in Reims in the first leg of the 2-1 victory on aggregate in the 1962/63 European Cup quarter-finals. The only other previous UEFA Cup encounter against France’s opponents was the away defeat to Monaco in the 1991-1992 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final (1-1, 2-2 hours).
• Fifth place in Ligue 1 last season, which he completed under current coach Jorge Sampaoli, who arrived in February, Marseille returned to the Europa League to appear for the fifth time in the group stage – a record for a French club – having finished fourth in his team. He divided the UEFA Champions League last season behind Manchester City, Porto and Olympiacos.
• OM suffered its third failure in the UEFA Europa League group stage this season, drawing in all of its first four matches, including twice against Lazio (0-0, 2-2 hours), before giving up any chance to advance further. When he lost 4. 2 at Galatasaray in the fifth round. A final 1-0 win at home confirmed Lokomotiv finished third with seven points – five more than the Russian side – before losing their first three UEFA Europa League matches against Karabakh and Basel. PAOK, won all six games.
• Marseille previously appeared in a European semi-final, losing the first two matches and winning the last box, the last of which was after extra time against Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League 2017/18 (2-0 h, 1-2). There was no semi-final in the inaugural edition of the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League, when they lifted the only major European Cup with their 1-0 final victory over AC Milan.
• Marseille won eight of their nine matches at the Stade Vélodrome, including all four matches in the knockout stage, en route to the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League Final in Lyon, losing 3-0 to Atlético Madrid. They then lost their next five European encounters on home soil before their current round of seven matches unbeaten (W5 D2), which includes wins in their last four matches. However, they did not keep a clean sheet at home in the UEFA Champions League.
• OM has won four and lost four out of the eight UEFA Champions League matches in which they were defeated away from home in the first leg, their last aggregate win against Leipzig in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (0-1, 5)-2h) – their success Third out of three when they trailed from the first leg by one goal. The only previous encounter they had played in the second leg was late 2-3 in the second round of the 1990/91 European Cup, when they beat Lech Poznan 6-1 at the Stade Velodrome.
• Fifth place in the Eredivisie last season, 29 points late for the champion Ajax. Feyenoord ensured his fifth appearance in the European group stage in six seasons by playing three qualifying rounds for the European Conference League under the supervision of new coach Arne Slot at the expense of Drita, Lucerne and Elfsburg.
• FC Rotterdam failed to make further progress in four consecutive European group stage participations until this season, having recently finished third in the UEFA Europa League division last season, but they did not face such difficulties in the UEFA Europa Conference League Group E, where they took Four points each on Slavia (2-1h, 2-2a) and Maccabi Haifa (0-0, 2-1h) and all six points from Union Berlin (3-1h, 2-1a) before scoring 14 goals . Partizan and Slavia past in the knockout stage. They are undefeated in the right competition with eight wins and three draws.
• This is Feyenoord’s first European semi-final since he lifted the European Cup for the second time 20 years ago. They defeated Italian giants Inter 3-2 on aggregate (1-0, 2-2 hours) that season to set the overall record in the UEFA W3 L4 semi-finals and end a streak of three-game losing streak.
• Recent victories in Belgrade and Prague are two of only six victories in the last 35 European away matches (D9 L20). However, their away record in the European Conference League is W4 D3 L1, Elfsborg’s only 1-3 loss in the second leg of qualifying after winning the first game 5-0 in Rotterdam.
• Feyenoord has won 21 out of 26 previous UEFA matches, scoring a home win in the first leg, including this season’s Europa League playoff against Elfsburg. All five defeats on aggregate came on 14 occasions when they won the first leg at home by one goal, including the last of those encounters, against Gent in the UEFA Europa League 2010/11 qualifiers (1-0h, 0-2a). This is the first time that FC Rotterdam has won the first leg at home 3-2.
Links & Trivia
• Marseille player Arkadios Milik played from 2014 to 2016 with traditional local rival Feyenoord Ajax. The Polish striker scored 32 goals in the Dutch league for the Amsterdam club, but none against Feyenoord.
• Cengiz Onder of Marseille and Orkon Coxo of Feyenoord are both current Turkish internationals.
• Philip Sandler joined Feyenoord in February after spending the first half of this season on loan at French club Troyes.
• Desires is the European Conference League top scorer, as his tally of ten goals made him two goals ahead of Tammy Abraham from Rome.
• Feyenoord has scored at least two goals in all of his last ten matches in the European League, and at least three in each of his last five matches. They are the team with the most goals scored in the competition with 28 goals – two more than Roma.
• Feyenoord, who won the European Cup in 1969/70, and Marseille, the first UEFA Champions League winner, are the only former European champions competing in this season’s semi-finals from both the UEFA Europa Conference League and UEFA Europa League. There are only two in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals – Real Madrid and Liverpool.
• Marseille’s record in three penalties in UEFA is W2 L1:
3-5 – Crvena Zvezda, 1990/91 UEFA Champions Cup Final
4-1 vs Germinal Beerchot 2005/06 UEFA Cup First Round
7-6 vs Twente, 2008/09 UEFA Cup Round of 32
• Feyenoord’s record in penalty shootouts twice in UEFA is W2 L0:
5-3 vs Sion, 1991/92 European Cup Winners’ Cup Second Round
5-4 against PSV Eindhoven, 2001/02 UEFA Cup Quarter-finals