Marseille more agitated after its defeat in the Coupe de France to the amateurs
Marseille’s chaotic season took its final turn for the worse when they lost 2-1 to fourth place Canet-en-Roussillon in the Coupe de France.
Marseille was eliminated from the Champions League in last place in its group. He struggled in the French league with an interim coach after the resignation of the previous one and with a new coach who had just arrived.
On top of all this, angry fans face legal action after destroying the club’s training complex.
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Considering all these issues, Marseille needed a win to boost morale against an amateur team to reach the bottom 16. But things went wrong in Perpignan.
“I’m ashamed. There are no words to describe it, we played like (expletive),” Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara told the television channel. Eurosport moments after the final whistle.
“It’s a fair result, there are no excuses. We are a professional team and we made a huge mistake.” A stunning free kick from midfielder Jeremy Posteraro on the occasion of his 30th birthday put the minnows in front after 20 minutes.
He was about 25 yards and to the right of the penalty area when he threw a magnificent shot into the upper left corner, with No.2 goalkeeper Yohann Pele rooted in place as the ball returned.
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Marseille equalized before half-time when playmaker Dimitri Payet sent striker Valere Germain to the right flank, and his cross was led by Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik for his third goal since arriving on loan from the Italian side of Naples.
This should have calmed Marseille, but Posteraro was not over and his clever pass propelled midfielder Yohan Bai to the 71st.
He cut the ball perfectly on Pelé for the winner against Marseille, a club that still boasts of being the only French team to win the Champions League, in 1993.
Those days are long gone.
Marseille collapsed in the final 10 minutes, with five misplaced single passes and a left corner so badly taken it didn’t even come into play.
It was a bad Sunday for the Payets, too, with younger brother Anthony Payet also on the losing side. He played ahead for fourth-place Romorantin against his amateur friends Chateaubriant, but failed to score in a 3-1 home loss.
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Elsewhere, Canadian forward Jonathan David scored late again as Lille edged up 3-1 to fourth over GFC Ajaccio, the Corsican club, to advance to the last 16.
Four days ago, he scored in the last minute and then in added time to help Lille stay ahead of the French championship.
This time his goal was less vital as Lille were already 2-0 when he hit a low shot in the 84th. The home side scored a consolation goal soon after.
First-row Angers had little trouble beating amateur club Club Franciscain 5-0, with midfielder Ibrahim Amadou scoring two goals.