Marseille boss rues lost points

Marseille manager Rudi Garcia was left frustrated by their “two lost points” in the club’s 1-1 draw against Angers on Sunday’s Ligue 1 fixture

The Europa League semi-finalists took the lead in the second minute of the match when Florian Thauvin converted from the spot at the Stade Raymond Kopa.

However, Ismaël Traoré equalised with 12 minutes remaining to give the sides a share of the points.

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The draw cost Marseille the chance to jump up to second place in the Ligue 1 standings after AS Monaco were held to a goalless draw against Amiens SC.

“These are two lost points because we started well. We scored quickly and then we continued to play well. To be honest, I did not like the last 15 minutes of the first half. We lost too many balls and we did not manage to hold possession. Suddenly, we took wave after wave of Angers’ pressure, which hurt us. Fortunately, Yohann Pelé was watching. In the second half, it was more balanced even though we had big chances and them too. Both goalkeepers were very good. Looking back, unfortunately, the draw is pretty fair. But we did not come for that, so these are two lost points and a missed opportunity to get into the top-3. Nevertheless, it is not finished. There are three games left, and you know we have to win them. Before that, we have a European Cup semi-final to navigate on Thursday to qualify for the final. So we will return to the League for Nice after Thursday.” said Garcia, according to the club website.

Marseille will now return their attention to the Europa League with the French side set to travel to Austria to face RB Salzburg in the second leg of the semi-finals with Garcia’s men currently holding a 2-0 aggregate lead.

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