Marseille 5 – 2 RasenBallsport Leipzig – Marseille won a seven-goal thriller at Stade Velodrome to knock RB Leipzig out of the Europa League and qualify for the semi-finals.
Dimitri Payet gave a match-winning performance as Marseille clinched a place in the last four of the Europa League by beating RB Leipzig 5-2 in a thrilling quarter-final second leg at Stade Velodrome.
Trailing by a single goal after a disappointing display at Red Bull Arena a week earlier, Marseille put an early setback behind them to progress 5-3 on aggregate, with Payet’s sensational strike proving decisive.
When Bruma doubled Leipzig’s lead in the tie after just two minutes of the game things looked tough for Marseille, the away goal seemingly giving the visitors a huge advantage.
But anything Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men could do, Marseille could do better on a night when Rudi Garcia’s attack was irrepressible and they scored twice in quick succession through a Stefan Ilsanker own-goal and Bouna Sarr’s strike, before Florian Thauvin gave them the advantage in the tie before half-time.
Jean-Kevin Augustin silenced the crowd when he levelled matters early in the second-half but when Marseille needed a talisman, Payet did not let them down and he scored the pick of the evening’s goals on the hour mark to spark wild celebrations around the ground.
Hiroki Sakai added late gloss in stoppage time as Leipzig chased an equaliser, leaving Marseille to dream of reaching the final of this competition for the third time in their history