Marseille had successfully ended the season with a 3-0 win over Bastia, but were unable to secure Champions League qualification. The win was not enough to secure a podium finish for Marseille as they had experienced a disastrous run of four consecutive losses in April. As Monaco’s victory at Lorient means that Marseille settle in the fourth spot in Ligue 1 and qualification for the Europa League.
Previously, Marseille boss, Marcelo Bielsa had ensured his players that they would overcome the hard situations and grabbed a Champions League spot. According to him, the team did not deserve to miss out on the podium and Champions League football. However, with Monaco winning, it keeps Marseille ahead of St. Etienne for fourth place in the tournament board.
Goals by Dimitri Payet and Alexander Djiku made the game safe by half-time, and there was no chance for turnaround for Bastia, as Lucas Ocampos added a late third. Marseille needed just a quarter of an hour to stamp their authority on the game when Payet’s snap shot crept in at the near post.
There was a bit sour moment during the game after the interval when referee Ruddy Buquet had to temporarily call a halt proceedings after Bastia goal keeper, Leca, was hit by a missile thrown from the crowd.
He fell to the floor when a firecracker, thrown from the crowd, looked to have struck the shot-stopper. It was caught by the camera that the shot-stopper was merely stunned by the missile, which landed nearby. The referee taking both team off the pitch and prompting Marseille players to plead with their own supporters to behave.
Then, the play restarted and Marseille continued to control the game with Ayew and RomainAlessandrini both going close. The second half of the game was proving to be an uninspired affair with news of Monaco’s winning which ruining any slim Marseille hopes of Champions League qualification.