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PLAYER RATINGS | Feyenoord 3-2 Marseille, a defensive disaster anf wayward finishing has OM in trouble

Europa Conference League, semi-final first leg: Feyenoord 3-2 Marseille.

MARSEILLE:

Steve Mandanda, 5

William Saliba, 4

Duje Ćaleta-Car, 2 – A disastrous display, his lack of mobility was badly exposed amid some ponderous defending. His passing was catastrophic, one under hit ball let Dessers score after nine seconds of the second half and he was fortunate that was the only one. Subbed after 68 minutes, not far from 1.

Luan Peres, 2 – He was torn apart by Nelson’s pace before the break, who exploited acres of space over the Brazilian’s shoulder. His defending was meek, wayward and indecisive throughout, much like Ćaleta-Car’s.

Valentin Rongier, 4

Gerson, 6 – His ill-advised deployment as a nominal wing-back before half-time was easily exploited but he was, unlike many of his colleagues, not flustered by Feyenoord’s intensity and did a far better job of holding onto the ball. It was he who reacted quickest to slam home for 2-2.

Boubacar Kamara, 3

Mattéo Guendouzi, 4 – Rarely has he so badly lacked his trademark energy and belligerence in midfield, the rollercoaster first half seemed to happen around him and although he made few mistakes and his cross set up the equaliser, he offered little else but he did improve in the last third of the game.

Cédric Bakambu, 4

Dimitri Payet, 8 – Comfortably the game’s best player and he deftly played in Dieng twice early on, both passes should have resulted in the opener, and another considered ball was involved in the first OM goal. He was a major creative threat in the second half, two brilliant dipping corners should have resulted in goals for Saliba and Gueye.

Bamba Dieng, 5 – He should have had a first half hat trick after two lazy finishes having been astutely put in by Payet. One was scuffed wide, the other fired right at Marciano but a thunderous near post effort from the edge of the box gave OM hope.

Others: Gueye 6, Harit 5, Milik 5, Lirola 5.

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