Europa League match between Marseille and Benfica

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 19:00 UTC

Match Introduction

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 13:00 UTC

Ladies and gentlemen, strap yourselves in and grab a baguette and some pastéis de nata because tonight we’re tuning into the second leg of what seems less like a football match and more like a comedy of errors versus a well-oiled machine—Marseille versus Benfica, right here in the Europa League!

Now, let's talk Marseille. Oh, Marseille! If there was an award for consistency, they'd still probably lose it right now. Having misplaced their victory recipe book somewhere on the pitch, they've managed to bake a staggering five consecutive loss-cakes, each one generously topped with at least two goals conceded. What’s cooking tonight, chefs?

On the other corner of the ring, wearing red jerseys and smirks you can spot from a satellite, it’s Benfica! With 22 wins out of 29 matches this season, it seems they might as well have wings given how they’ve been flying high above most of their competition. Word is, their defense is so clean you can eat bacalhau off it, boasting 15 clean sheets!

Recalling the first leg at Estadio da Luz—Benfica made sure Marseille knew they weren’t there for the sightseeing. Despite Aubameyang sneaking one past the keeper, mostly Marseille were left with just 43% possession, spending more time chasing shadows than the ball.

So, as we gear up for this epic—okay, perhaps half-epic—showdown, will Marseille finally find their missing playbook? Or will Benfica, fueled by past victories and pastries, write another chapter in their fairy tale season? Stay tuned, this one's gearing up to be a rollercoaster... or at least a very enthusiastic carousel!

Commentator larry-lawson Larry Lawson a.k.a Laugh Line