RB Leipzig have bowed out of the UEFA Europa League at the quarter-final stage after losing 5-3 on aggregate to Marseille following a wild second leg in the south of France on Thursday.
Marseille 5-2 RB Leipzig (5-3 on agg.)
Goals: 0-1 Bruma (2’), 1-1 Ilsanker (o.g. 6’), 2-1 Sarr (9’), 3-1 Thauvin (38’), 3-2 Augustin (55’), 4-2 Payet (60’), 5-2 Sakai (90+4’)
Leipzig left Emil Forsberg, Willi Orban and last week’s goalscorer Timo Werner on the bench as they sought to build on a 1-0 lead from the first leg. They made a dream start when some slick passing between Naby Keita and Jean-Kevin Augustin gave Bruma the chance to sweep home from the left side of the box after only 70 seconds. The visitors’ joy was short-lived, however, as Stefan Ilsanker was unfortunate to score an own goal from a corner. Three minutes later, Marseille stormed up the other end from a Leipzig set piece and, though Peter Gulacsi made a brilliant double save to deny Morgan Sanson, Bouna Sarr netted at the third attempt to make it 2-1 on the night inside 10 minutes. Soon afterwards Dimitri Payet had a stunning goal chalked off for a foul, but Marseille were not to be denied and Florian Thauvin turned home from a free-kick to give the home side the aggregate lead.
Gulacsi made another great double stop from Kostas Mitroglou and Jordan Amavi right after half-time to keep Leipzig in the tie, and the visitors soon made Marseille rue those misses. Keita produced some brilliant skill to tee up Augustin, and the former Paris Saint-Germain forward curled home to put Leipzig ahead on away goals. Once again, though, Leipzig could not hold on as Payet burst through five minutes later to give Marseille a 4-2 lead and put them back in front on aggregate. Leipzig rallied again but, with their goalkeeper forward for an injury-time corner, Marseille cleared and former Hannover defender Hiroki Sakai scored into an empty net to bring Leipzig’s memorable first European campaign to an end.
Marseille: Pele - Sakai, Kamara, Gustavo, Amavi - Sanson, Lopez - Payet (c) (Anguissa 82'), Thauvin (Ocampos 63'), Sarr (Rami 29') - Mitroglou
Unused subs: Escales, Njie, Sertic, Germain
Absentees: Mandanda (thigh), Rami (calf), Rolando (Achilles)
Coach: Rudi Garcia
Leipzig: Gulacsi - Ilsanker, Konate, Upamecano (Bernardo 66'), Klostermann - Keita, Demme (c) (Forsberg 54'), Kampl, Bruma - Augustin, Sabitzer (Poulsen 61')
Unused subs: Mvogo, Orban, Werner, Kaiser
Absentees: Laimer (thigh), Halstenberg (knee ligaments), Lookman (ineligible)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
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- Peter Gulacsi is an ever-present for Leipzig this season, playing in all 11 of their European fixtures.
- Leipzig had 54 percent possession but Marseille had 15 attempts on goal to the visitors’ seven.
- Werner finished with seven goals to his name in Europe; his first five all came away from home.
- Leipzig were the only side in the last eight never to have appeared in a European final (this is their first ever season in Europe).
- OM have beaten German opponents only five times in 17 games, four of those wins coming at home.
- Marseille are unbeaten at home in Europe this season, winning seven and drawing the other 0-0; they have kept four clean sheets at the Velodrome.