Expedition Europa comes to an end for Die Roten Bullen in Marseille. The second leg of the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals saw RB Leipzig beaten 5-2 by a deadly Olympique Marseille side, and with Hasenhüttl's boys taking just a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, the Ligue 1 side progressed to the semi-finals 5-3 on aggregate.
The 60,000 spectators witnessed a manic opening 10 minutes at the Stade Vélodrome. Bruma put Leipzig in a strong position inside just two minutes, firing a thunderous shot past Yohann Pelé to give the visitors a precious away goal. However, the aggregate advantage was wiped out by the ninth minute. First a Stefan Ilsanker own goal put Marseille back level on the night, before Bouna Sarr turned home a rebound after Péter Gulácsi had made two incredible saves. The hosts then gained the advantage in the tie shortly before half time when Florian Thauvin swept in a well-delivered free-kick from close range.
Marseille continued to attack with menace after the break, but it was RBL who struck next to regain the lead in the tie. Naby Keïta's genius back-heel flick opened up a gap for Jean-Kévin Augustin, who rifled the ball into the back of the net in the 55th minute. Again it was a short-lived euphoria though, with Dimitri Payet dancing past the defence and brilliantly picking out the top corner with the outside of his right boot. Die Roten Bullen threw everything forward in search of the goal that would swing the result back in their favour, but their only chance saw substitute Yussuf Poulsen's low shot just about saved by the legs of Pelé. Gulácsi even went up for one final corner, but a last-minute breakaway allowed Hiroki Sakai to shoot into the empty net to make it 5-2 on the night and end the contest.
Congrats to Marseille on reaching the semi-finals. We are incredibly proud of our achievements in a first season of European football and want to experience it all over again next season!
- Ralph Hasenhüttl made three changes from the firl leg, bringing in Stefan Ilsanker, Kevin Kampl and Marcel Sabitzer for Konrad Laimer, Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner.
- Timo Werner was carrying a light thigh injury and ultimately remained an unused substitute.
- Bruma's opener was his third Europa League goal.
- Jean-Kévin Augustin netted for the second time in the competition.
- Kevin Kampl made his 50th appearance in UEFA competitions.
- Marcel Sabitzer (shoulder) and Dayot Upamecano (hamstring) were withdrawn due to injury. A diagnosis for both is yet to be confirmed.