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Marseille vs Brighton player ratings from a game of two halves on Thursday evening at the Stade Velodrome. Marseille dominated the opening stages and raced into a 2-0 lead to leave Brighton staring down the barrel of another European defeat. However the Seagulls regrouped well with two Second Half goals ensuring they left with a point.
Marseille vs Brighton: Timeline
19’ (GOAL) – Jonathan Clauss is allowed too much space on the right and works a nice one-two before cutting back for Chancel Mbemba to open the scoring for Marseille.
20’ (GOAL) – Disaster for Brighton as big errors from Lewis Dunk and Jason Steele contribute to Marseille’s second goal in the space of a minute. Jordan Veretout the scorer this time.
25’ – The referee is sent to the monitor to check for a possible Brighton penalty but he decides there’s a foul by Van Hecke before the handball.
42’ – Pau Lopez saves at full stretch to deny Ansu Fati a rare headed goal. The home keeper is needed again to deny Welbeck moments later.
54’ (GOAL) – Brighton attack down the left with Tariq Lamptey and Kaoru Mitoma who sets up Pascal Gross to fire past Lopez.
88′ (GOAL) – Clauss brings down Tariq Lamptey for a clear penalty which Joao Pedro converts to make it 2-2.
The Big Stat
Double trouble for Brighton
Marseille enjoyed the better of the opening stages but some woeful Brighton defending contributed to the home team scoring twice in the space of just 89 seconds.
89 – There were just 89 seconds between Marseille's first and second goals tonight against Brighton – the Seagulls have now conceded the most goals of any Premier League side in all competitions this season (20). Concern.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 5, 2023
Marseille vs Brighton player ratings: Star Player
Amine Harit (Marseille) – 8.10
There were impressive spells from several players in the game but Amine Harit was one of the few to impose himself on the match for the full 90 minutes. He ended the game with an assist and came close to getting on the scoresheet himself in an energetic display from the midfielder.
Marseille vs Brighton player ratings: Hosts fail to build on flying start
Marseille made their Premier League opponents pay for early errors with two well worked goals. However they lost control of the game from the closing stages of the First Half onwards with Jordan Veretout’s injury withdrawal contributing to their struggles.
Marseille player ratings
Pau Lopez 8/10 – Nearly caught out by Brighton’s high press early on but makes amends with several key saves.
Michael Murillo 6/10 – A steady performance from the defender.
Leonardo Balerdi 7/10 – Some important tackles but at times caught out by the speed of Brighton’s attacks.
Chancel Mbemba 7/10 – Fired his team in front with a 19th minute strike.
Jonathan Clauss 6/10 – A huge threat early on, setting up the opening goal with a bright break down the right. Gave away the decisive penalty late on with a clumsy challenge.
Joaquin Correa 6/10 – Made only a limited impact before being withdrawn by Gennaro Gattuso.
Valentin Rongier 7/10 – Did his job well without making a big impact on the game.
Jordan Veretout 7/10 – Put his team in control with a 20th minute goal but later picked up an injury.
Amine Harit 8/10 – Capitalised on Dunk’s error to set up Veretout’s goal and came close himself with a long range strike.
Iliman Ndiaye 6/10 – Rarely involved after the opening 20 minutes as Brighton had more of the game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6/10 – A quiet game for the former Arsenal striker who had no clear chances.
Azzedine Ounahi (sub) 6/10 – Replaced the influential Veretout but struggled to ease the pressure on his team.
Ismaila Sarr (sub) N/A
Vitor Carvalho (sub) N/A
Renan Lodi (sub) N/A
Brighton respond well to early setbacks
With 20 minutes gone, Brighton looked set for back-to-back European defeats which would have left them with a mountain to climb in terms of getting out of a tough group. Led by Kaoru Mitoma, they started to apply real pressure in the Second Half and were good value for at least a point by Full Time.
Brighton player ratings
Jason Steele 5/10 – Should have done better with Marseille’s second goal.
Joel Veltman 7/10 – A lovely ball set up Welbeck for a great First Half chance.
Jan Paul van Hecke 7/10 – Some useful defensive interventions and a threat at the other end from set pieces.
Lewis Dunk 5/10 – A bad error let Marseille in for their second goal but he made a key block after the break.
Tariq Lamptey 7/10 – Struggled to cope with the early advances of Clauss but played a key role in both of Brighton’s goals.
Mahmoud Dahoud 6/10 – Failed to have a major impact on the game.
Pascal Gross 7/10 – Fired in a 54th minute goal to get Brighton back into it.
Solly March 6/10 – Busy, but could only manage a poor connection when presented with his best opportunity.
Ansu Fati 6/10 – As predicted, Ansu Fati got the nod in the Brighton XI and came very close to a goal with a First Half header.
Kaoru Mitoma 8/10 – Excellent in the Second Half, setting up the Gross goal and a constant threat.
Danny Welbeck 5/10 – Missed a great chance to score late in the First Half.
Joao Pedro (sub) 8/10 – Fine ball in nearly sets up a late goal moments before the penalty which he converts.
Billy Gilmour (sub) N/A
Simon Adingra (sub) N/A
Even Ferguson (sub) N/A
The Final Word
Brighton are still bottom of this group but it could have been much worse had they lost. Just 1 point separates them, Marseille and Ajax in the standings with AEK Athens the surprise leaders on 4 points. All four teams remain in contention to progress.
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