Europa League RECAP: Brighton pull off fightback against Marseille after conceding two in a minute, while Nayef Aguerd heads West Ham ahead of Freiburg 
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Europa League RECAP: Brighton pull off fightback against Marseille after conceding two in a minute, while Nayef Aguerd heads West Ham ahead of Freiburg 

Nov 24, 2023

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This was Mail Sport’s live blog keeping you up-to-date across all of the 5.45pm Europa League kick-offs on Thursday October 5, including Freiburg vs West Ham and Marseille vs Brighton.

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You can find match reports from both the Black Forest and the French Riviera below.

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Gross’ game-changing goal for Brighton

FULL-TIME

Here are the results, in full:

Aris Limassol 2-1 Rangers

Real Betis 2-1 Sparta Praha

90+4 mins: Marseille 2-2 Brighton

Marseille are pushing now, as they play out their seven minutes of added time.

After squandering a lead against Monaco over the weekend, the fans are unlikely to be particularly cheered by Gattuso’s efforts if they can’t find a winner from somewhere.

Things are getting scrappy – a yellow card for Ferguson, now.

GOAL! 90+1′ TSC 2-2 Olympiacos

TSC’s record signing (all £258,800 of him) Milos Pantovic could be making history tonight!

The Serbian side have levelled with Olympiacos at the last…

89 mins: Marseille 2-2 Brighton

That is terrific from De Zerbi’s side. They’ve managed to wrestle the tie back, and with momentum on their side, could Brighton even try and snatch a win in what is sure to be a considerable spell of extra time?

Balerdi gets another yellow card, as Marseille look increasingly derailed.

PENALTY! Marseille 2-2 Brighton

Finally, it’s a penalty for Brighton! Clauss is quickly handed a yellow card by the referee for his unmistakable stamp on Lamptey looking to capitalise in the penalty area…

But can Brighton rise to the occasion?

All around them, Marseille are furious with the referee, and it’s a few minutes before Joao Pedro can step up to the spot.

81 min: Freiburg 1-2 West Ham

West Ham prepare to take another corner, with Ward-Prowse keen to recreate his earlier magic.

The outswinger is well-struck, but Mavropanos can’t control his header, and the ball is swiftly collected by the no-doubt relieved Atubolu.

GOALWATCH!

Those who have fallen behind are starting to launch their fightbacks as we move closer to the final 10 minutes…

AEK have equalised at home against Ajax, and Sporting have their first against Atalanta to make it 2-1.

Their effort is thanks to new summer signing and former Coventry striker, Viktor Gyokeres. The penalty is his seventh goal since moving to Lisbon.

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group D - Sporting Lisbon v Atalanta - Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal - October 5, 2023 Sporting CP's Viktor Gyokeres in action with Atalanta's Giorgio Scalvini and Rafael Toloi REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

GOAL! 70′ Limassol 2-1 Rangers

After a first was chalked off, Rangers are finally off the mark in Cyprus.

Sima leaps onto a well-fed ball from Lundstram, and Limassol can’t keep the effort out.

RED CARD! TSC 1-2 Olympiacos

Olympiacos are down to 10 men after Andreas Ndoj is given his marching orders for scything down a TSC player en route to goal.

Could TSC overturn the Greek side and see out their first European draw… or even swipe the match?

GOAL! 66′ Freiburg 1-2 West Ham

West Ham are again once again, and it’s courtesy of – what else – a sumptuous set-piece from Ward-Prowse.

The former Southampton man curls in a well-placed corner straight to the leaping head of Aguerd, and once again, Freiburg’s inability to snuff out West Ham’s threat in front of goal sees them pay the price.

The young goalkeeper Atubolu hasn’t had a night to remember, either.

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group A - SC Freiburg v West Ham United - Europa Park Stadion, Freiburg, Germany - October 5, 2023 West Ham United's Nayef Aguerd celebrates scoring their second goal with James Ward-Prowse REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

66 min: Marseille 2-1 Brighton

A raft of substitutes for Brighton as De Zerbi looks to shuffle the pack moments after a threatening spell from the home side.

Billy Gilmour comes in for Dahoud, and Joao Pedro for Fati, but they don’t have much time to acclimatise, as Marseille leap straight back into putting the Brighton defence under pressure.

GOAL! 63′ TSC 1-2 Olympiacos

A quick response from the Serbian side!

Ifet Dakovac has broken the home’s side’s duck and provided a feisty rejoinder to Olympiacos’ dominance.

GOAL! 59′ Aris Limassol 2-0 Rangers

Things go from bad to worse for Rangers on the road, as they continue their woeful European record of late.

Shavy Warren Babicka has hit back after the break, just as the visitors were enjoying a brighter spell.

GOAL! 57′ TSC 0-2 Olympiacos

Another for the visitors, this one courtesy of Wolves loanee Daniel Podence.

He had a hand in the opener, providing the assist. Rock bottom in fourth, TSC are now four goals in deficit.

57 min: Marseille 2-1 Brighton

Brighton are looking hearty now, as evidenced by a thumping challenge from March on Correa as he skips forward towards the Brighton box.

Their fans are in full voice – hopefully, all have turned up after the earlier travel woes.

GOAL! 54′ Marseille 2-1 Brighton

Brighton are back in the game! Lamptey battles down the left flank with grit, before sweeping close to the deadball line, and usher the ball to Mitoma on the edge of the box.

Gross is perfectly poised to collect the short pass, and doesn’t miss: one step closer for De Zerbi’s side.

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group B - Olympique de Marseille v Brighton & Hove Albion - Orange Velodrome, Marseille, France - October 5, 2023  Brighton & Hove Albion's Pascal Gross celebrates scoring their first goal with Joel Veltman REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

GOAL! 49′ Freiburg 1-1 West Ham

Those changes working quickly for the home side! Doan is instrumental in Freiburg’s opening goal, twisting through to send the ball to Sallai. He has two chances after West Ham defenders scramble to clear his first strike off the line.

But his second is leathered in, and there’s no stopping it – even as Fabianski tries to claw the effort out!

Freiburg's Hungarian midfielder #22 Roland Sallai (2nd L) celebrates after scoring the 1-1 goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between SC Freiburg and West Ham United FC in Freiburg im Breisgau, southwestern Germany on October 5, 2023. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images)

50 min: Marseille 2-0 West Ham

A forced change for Marseille, which could prove a fly in Gattuso’s ointment, as Veretout goes down and stays there on the halfway line.

He’s eventually clapped off by a Stade Velodrome in high spirits, and replaced by Azzedine Ounahi.

Second-half: Freiburg 0-1 West Ham

Half-time substitution at Freiburg, where Christian Streich doesn’t pull any punches in preparing for a massive second-half.

He swaps Adamu for Ritsu Doan.

We’re back underway…

In Marseille, and elsewhere.

An enormous 45 minutes for De Zerbi’s side. Can they pull off an enormous European comeback on the road?

Brighton's English defender #05 Lewis Dunk reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group B first leg football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Stade Velodrome, in Marseille on October 5, 2023. (Photo by Nicolas TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

A half-time look around the grounds

Paqueta’s sparkling opener for West Ham

HALF-TIME SCORES

Aris Limassol 1-0 Rangers

Real Betis 1-1 Sparta Praha

HALF-TIME: Marseille 2-0 Brighton

Roberto De Zerbi’s side were growing stature as the half came to a close, with Welbeck forcing Lopez into a save, and a final attempt before the break.

But the Italian will have to outdo his similarly back-t-shirted compatriot’s team talk by some margin.

Brighton's Ansu Fati stands after Marseille's Jordan Veretout scored his side's second goal during the Europa League Group B soccer match between Olympique de Marseille and Brighton at the Orange Stadium, in Marseille, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

GOAL! 43′ Sporting 0-2 Atalanta

A neat 10 minutes after their opener, the Serie A side have conjured another to put their hosts on the backfoot.

This time, it’s courtesy of Matteo Ruggeri, whose first attempt is saved by Adan – but he buries the rebound.

43 min: Marseille 2-0 Brighton

Brighton are looking a little more lively now, as Ansu Fati tests Lopez with a bulleted header that forces him to make the save at full stretch.

They win a corner, which is a little overcooked, and although Lamptey is first to the remains, Lopez can eventually gather up the ball for a goal kick.

40 min: Marseille 2-0 Brighton

Brighton look a little lost as Marseille scurry forward, but Mitoma swipes the ball as he intercepts Aubameyang’s ball and runs at goal.

He’s limited with options for support, however, and Marseille are quick to shut down the burgeoning play.

Brighton's Kaoru Mitoma, left, challenges for the ball with Marseille's Iliman Ndiaye during the Europa League Group B soccer match between Olympique de Marseille and Brighton at the Orange Stadium, in Marseille, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

37 min: Freiburg 0-1 West Ham

Freiburg win a freekick on the edge of the West Ham box, and Griffo steps up to waft it over the wall regimentally arranged by a shouting Fabianski. The effort falls out of danger.

The home side will need to plan for some renewed force in the second-half, if they want to try and dent West Ham’s confidence.

34 min: Freiburg 0-1 West Ham

Freiburg are growing in confidence, but West Ham still have the lion’s share of the control.

The home side usher the ball forward, with Holer picking up a plum high ball in the back, but he’s instantly smothered in defenders as West Ham lock up and look to break quickly in a return to regular programming.

GOAL! 33′ Sporting 0-1 Atalanta

The visitors are off the mark in Lisbon too, with Giorgio Scalvini breaking the final deadlock left in the 5.45pm kick-offs.

GOALWATCH!

Whilst Brighton have been in turmoil, Rangers have had their chance of an equaliser ruled out in Cyprus, and Sturm are 1-0 up against Rakow in Poland.

Oh, and Ajax have just opened proceedings against AEK, their group leaders – Steven Bergwijn is the man on the scoresheet in Athens with half an hour played.

26 min: Marseille 2-0 West Ham

Penalty review at the Stade Velodrome, investigating a potential penalty for Brighton after a muddled handball in the Marseille box. Van Hecke headed the ball towards goal, and it appeared to bounce off the arm of Rongier en route to the goal.

Initially it looks like it’s given as the referee points to the spot, and Brighton have a route back into the game… but moments later, the decision is overruled, with van Hecke seen to have fouled Rongier in the build-up.

Curiousier, and curiouser. Brighton’s luck hasn’t turned just yet.

21 min: Freiburg 0-1 West Ham

A short, worrying spell for West Ham saw Mavropanos stay down with a grisly looking injury after a clash of heads with Alvarez.

It takes a few moments, but the Greece international is soon back on his feet.

GOAL! 19′ Marseille 2-0 Brighton

Brighton will hope they don’t feel the stirrings of deja vu as Marseille net their second in just over 60 seconds.

Indulging in some risky play, Dunk is overturned and Marseille don’t waste a second to scythe through their opponents’ exposed defence, with Jordan Veretout blazing another past Steele.

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group B - Olympique de Marseille v Brighton & Hove Albion - Orange Velodrome, Marseille, France - October 5, 2023  Olympique de Marseille's Jordan Veretout celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

GOAL! 18′ Marseille 1-0 Brighton

Mbemba puts the home side ahead! He’s in acres of space in the centre of the box as he collects a coolly-cut pass and is nerveless sliding the ball past Steele.

14 mins: Freiburg 0-1 West Ham

Paqueta looks within a hair’s breadth of netting another, but the flag goes up like a shot after the player has skipped around the edge of the box before chipping in his loopy effort.

West Ham are looking composed and cool on the road, with Frieburg somewhat muted.

GOAL! 9′ Real Betis 1-1 Sparta Praha

Quick as a flash, Betis have stepped up and provided a response to Sparta Praha’s opener, with Assane Diao the man to equalise.

GOAL! 9′ Limassol 1-0 Rangers

Oh dear. Not the ideal start for the managerless side, who quickly fall behind in Cyprus.

GOAL! 7′ Freiburg 0-1 West Ham

Bowen dances down the right, outsmarting the Freiburg defence, with the ball sticking to him like glue. He feeds in a clever cross to Paqueta, and the Brazilian hurtles into the space with an enormous leap to nod the ball past Atubolu.

West Ham are off the mark!

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group A - SC Freiburg v West Ham United - Europa Park Stadion, Freiburg, Germany - October 5, 2023 West Ham United's Lucas Paqueta celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

6 mins: Freiburg 0-0 West Ham

West Ham win a corner after a promising-looking freekick is muddled when the curling ball strikes an enormous lump of turf to the right of Atubolu’s goal.

The visitors can’t make much of it, and the ball is eventually palmed by the Freiburg keeper.

GOAL! 2′ Real Betis 0-1 Sparta Praha

The Prague side are the first to get on the board this evening, with Veljko Birmancevic wasting no time putting the visitors ahead.

3 mins: Freiburg 0-0 West Ham

Mavropanos loops a long ball forward to a running Bowen, West Ham flood forward for their opening attack, but are quickly rebuffed by the eighth-placed Bundesliga side.

West Ham are sporting their brand-spanking new third kit tonight, a lovely midnight blue on my display.

Kick-off!

Let the evening’s festivities begin!

A fiery reunion for Gattuso and De Zerbi

An Italian affair of sorts this evening on the Cote d’Azur, and the first meeting of two former players who first locked horns when De Zerbi was managing Foggia, and Gattuso led Pisa.

‘I wouldn’t say he was a friend’, De Zerbi said diplomatically in the build-up.

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group B - Olympique de Marseille v Brighton & Hove Albion - Orange Velodrome, Marseille, France - October 5, 2023  Olympique de Marseille coach Gennaro Gattuso looks on during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
Soccer Football - Europa League - Group B - Olympique de Marseille v Brighton & Hove Albion - Orange Velodrome, Marseille, France - October 5, 2023  Brighton & Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi looks on during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Brighton CEO Paul Barber speaks to TNT

On their first-ever away match in Europe: ‘It’s what the club’s waited for for over 100 years.’

On travel delays that have seen fans and owner Tony Bloom hurrying to get to the stadium for kick-off: ‘(It’s) a little bit stressful, but it’s European football. We’ve tried to prepare for every eventuality, and we’re looking forward to a really good game.’

On facing Marseille in their second European matchday: ‘It’s another test. Every year we’re trying to improve the level that we’re playing at.

‘But we’re looking forward (after losing to AEK).’

A new broom at Marseille – but one familiar face for Premier League fans

After a patchy start to the season that sees them sit 12th in the table, the axe has been swung in the Riviera city and Marcelino was handed his marching orders last week.

In steps Gennaro Gattuso, most recently of Valencia, where he was in charge during a torrid seven month spell that ended in January. The Italian oversees his first European match tonight.

Olympique de Marseille newly appointed head coach, Italy's Gennaro Gattuso gives a press conference during his official presentation in Marseille, southern France, on September 28, 2023. (Photo by Nicolas TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Pierre Emerick AUBAMEYANG of Marseille looks dejected during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain Football Club and Olympique de Marseille at Parc des Princes on September 24, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Leading the line for Marseille this evening – former Chelsea and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After sealing a late move away from the west London club, the Gabon captain has sought greener pastures in Marseille, but he’s yet to get off the mark in sky blue.

‘He’s injured and can’t play for a long time,’ said De Zerbi ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie in Marseille. ‘One month, more or less. I don’t know the right time but it’s a muscular injury and it is not for a game or two.

‘Unfortunately, it is an important player we are losing but we can play in that position with Tariq Lamptey, Igor Julio or others. We have to be ready with others.’

By contrast… no fans in Freiburg

West Ham won’t have the 12th man to draw upon if things get sticky on the road, as the club is serving their ban picked up after supporters’ actions at the Europa Conference League final in June.

Fans through projectiles onto the pitch in Prague, including a bottles, cups, and vape, which struck the head of Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi.

The Hammers will miss this one European clash, and the club was also fined £43,000, plus a further £6,900 for a pitch invasion after the final whistle.

In response, Frieburg have brought a banner to the stadium that reads: ‘Football without fans is nothing – againts collective stadium bans!’

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUNE 07: Cristiano Biraghi of ACF Fiorentina receives medical treatment as Declan Rice of West Ham United interacts with him during the UEFA Europa Conference League 2022/23 final match between ACF Fiorentina and West Ham United FC at Eden Arena on June 07, 2023 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

TEAM NEWS: Managerless Rangers side to face Aris Limassol

Brighton must look for a reversal fortunes without Pervis Estupinan

Brighton have spent the last week in somewhat unchartered territory, chasing a lightly surprising 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the first round of the Carabao Cup with an altogether more shocking 6-1 defeat at Villa Park on Saturday.

If that result didn’t dent the Seagulls’ confidence a little, losing the Ecuadorian on the eve of their first-ever European away game might have.

Roberto De Zerbi has looked to banish Saturday’s demons by making six changes to his side, including a start for Barcelona loanee Ansu Fati.

TEAM NEWS: Brighton’s starting XI

West Ham team news: Kudus has another opportunity to dazzle in Europe

Four changes from the last time that West Ham readied themselves for European competition, as Ogbonna, Benrahma, and Ings drop to the bench, with Aaron Cresswell out altogether after injury kept him from travelling to Germany.

In their stead step up Coufal, Alvarez, Bowen, and Aguerd, with competition keeper Fabianski keeping hold of the captain’s armband.

TEAM NEWS: How West Ham line up

David Moyes is on the verge of further history with West Ham if they can go unbeaten for a 17th successive European game on Thursday night – the longest run of any English side ever.

West Ham are currently tied on 16 with Don Revie’s Leeds from 1968 and Bill Nicholson’s Tottenham from 1972 as they face Freiburg in Germany in the Europa League tonight.

‘I didn’t know that,’ said Moyes, who won the Europa Conference League in June. ‘Not bad names them, are they? Two incredibly gifted managers over a long period in English football. It would be a great achievement if we can do that. Let’s hope we can keep it going.’

A reminder of those 5.45pm kick-offs

In Group A, Serbian (and quasi-Hungarian) side TSC Backa Topola welcomes Olympiacos to their diminuitive stadium, and Bundesliga outfit Freiburg host West Ham.

In Group D, Brighton will look to turn around recent fortunes against Marseille, and group-leaders AEK will play second-place Ajax.

Group C pits Real Betis against Sparta Praha, and Aris Limassol against Rangers.

And in Group D, Atalanta have travelled to Sporting, and Rakow Czestochowa faces off against SK Sturm Graz.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Ezequiel Ponce of AEK Athens FC celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with teammates during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 Group B match between Brighton & Hove Albion and AEK Athens FC at American Express Community Stadium on September 21, 2023 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Michael Zemanek/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Good afternoon!

Hello and welcome to Mail Sport’s live coverage of tonight’s 5.45pm kick-off ties in the Europa League, including updates from Freiburg versus West Ham, and Brighton’s trip to Marseille.

Stick around as we bring you all the team-news, build-up, and more ahead of the evening’s action.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Mohammed Kudus of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 group stage match between West Ham United FC and FK TSC Backa Topola at London Stadium on September 21, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Key Updates

  • PENALTY! Marseille 2-2 Brighton

  • GOAL! 66′ Freiburg 1-2 West Ham

  • GOAL! 54′ Marseille 2-1 Brighton

  • HALF-TIME SCORES

  • GOAL! 19′ Marseille 2-0 Brighton

  • GOAL! 7′ Freiburg 0-1 West Ham

  • A reminder of those 5.45pm kick-offs


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