Tune in for the complete playback and notable moments of the showdown between Brighton & Hove Albion and Marseille. The action kicks off at 20:00 (GMT) on the 14th of December 2023. Keep an eye out for referee José Sánchez overseeing the game at The American Express Community Stadium. This clash takes place in the Europe – UEFA Europa League, Group B, Season 2023/2024.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Marseille Full Match Reports
In a dramatic turn of events, Brighton & Hove Albion secured victory over Olympique de Marseille, claiming the top spot in UEFA Europa League (UEL) Group B and securing a place in the round of 16. This triumph marked only the third win for their manager, Roberto De Zerbi, in 12 managerial head-to-head encounters against Gennaro Gattuso.
The Seagulls needed nothing less than a victory to fast-track their entry to the UEL round of 16, relegating Marseille to the knockout playoff round. Brighton set the tone early, with Simon Adingra delivering the first shot on target, albeit one that went straight at Pau López. The chilly south coast witnessed a lively start, and Marseille nearly shook the framework as Jonathan Clauss’ long-range shot deflected off Pascal Groß, rattling Jason Steele’s crossbar.
The first half saw a predominantly one-way flow, with Adingra and João Pedro creating continuous threats. João Pedro, seeking to extend his record of scoring in consecutive European appearances, faced staunch defense. Marseille’s Clauss emerged as a potential hero, attempting to find his teammates with a well-placed diagonal ball into the box.
The halftime interval did little to diminish the intensity, and João Pedro’s dynamic run and Billy Gilmour’s powerful shot kept the tempo high. Kaoru Mitoma’s influence grew, setting up Adingra, whose shot missed the mark by a significant margin. Marseille countered with Amine Harit’s low shot that rebounded off the post, causing a momentary panic.
As the match entered the final quarter, Brighton’s manager, De Zerbi, introduced Evan Ferguson, injecting fresh energy. Despite Brighton’s relentless efforts, Marseille’s defense held firm. The breakthrough finally came in the 87th minute when Pascal Groß delivered a quick through-ball to João Pedro, who confidently found the top left corner, igniting celebrations that echoed well beyond the final whistle. This dramatic victory added another chapter to Brighton’s golden era.
Man of the Match: João Pedro (Brighton & Hove Albion).