Almost perfect Thursday evening for France in the European Cups: Marseille, Rennes (C3) and Lille (C4) won, while Toulouse (C3) was outclassed.
Dominant and for once effective, the Marseillais finally won the first victory of the season in the Europa League, against the Athenians of AEK, a friendly club, in a magnificent atmosphere at the Vélodrome, also praised by coach Gennaro Gattuso ( photo). OM snatched first place from the Greeks in Group B which also saw the English from Brighton dispose of the Dutch from Ajax Amsterdam (2-0). With 5 points, the Olympians are replaced during qualification for the rest of the Test, which also allows them to be eliminated in the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League for Panathinaikos.
From Athens to Rennes they all fought, SRFC won the group F team, with 6 points, and the loss of the Greek victim. The other part, between the Israelis of Maccabi Haifa and the Spaniards of Villarreal, is a postponement due to the conflict in the Middle East.
In the lair of the Liverpuldiens, facing the reworked Reds, the Toulouse residents were no match. The TFC fell in the standings of Pool E, finding itself 3rd after the victory of the Belgians Union Saint-Gilloise over the Austrians Linz (2-1).
Lille, finally, overthrew their Slovak guests and thus regained leadership, Losc now having 7 units. The Faroese from Klaksvik clearly dominated the Slovenians from Olimpija Ljubljana (3-0).
MARSEILLE – AEK ATHENS 3-1 (1-0). Velodrome Stadium. Referee: Daniel Stefański (Pol). Goals: for Marseille, Vitinha (27th), Harit (60th sp), Veretout (69th sp); for Athens, Pineda (53rd). Warnings: to Marseillais Balerdi (25th), Clauss (32nd); to the Athenians D. Sidibé (11th), Rota (45th+3), N. Amrabat (68th), Jønsson (83rd). Exclusion: of the Athenian Stankovic (57th).
PANATHINAÏKOS ATHENS – RENNES 1-2 (0-1). Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium. Referee: João Pinheiro (Por). But: for Athens, Ioannidis (61st sp); for Rennes Gouiri (7th), Kalimuendo (49th). Warnings: to the Athenians Bernard (25th), Willian Arão (45th); to Rennais Belocian (21st), Truffert (45th+4), Kalimuendo (80th), Théate (90th+4), Rieder (90th+5).