Sporting de Braga today drew with Marseille (1-1), in a private football match in which they dominated the first half, reaching the advantage, and suffered equality in the second, losing control of operations to the French.
On their return to the Estádio Municipal de Braga, the Portuguese team materialized their initial superiority with Abel Ruiz’s 19th-minute goal, but the French team equalized in the 52nd minute, by Dimitri Payet, imposing the fourth draw followed in seven to the ‘arsenalists’. trials’ already completed in the pre-season.
Still lacking the usual speed of official competitions, Braga expressed, throughout the first part, some of the principles that distinguished them last season, such as the offensive propensity of the element ‘backed up’ to the right wing or the search for strikers’ departures for the leave in position to shoot on goal.
Loaned to Académica in the 2020/21 season, Fabiano returned to the ‘arsenalist’ club and emerged in the place that, in the four previous seasons, was occupied by Ricardo Esgaio, Sporting’s reinforcement, having shown himself to be interventionist in the right lane and assisted Galeno for the first danger shot, at two minutes.
On the left, Braga played a more ‘thoughtful’ game and, after Sequeira’s assist for a shot alongside Galeno, in the 15th minute, they even scored in the 19th minute, in another move down to that wing: isolated by Fransérgio, Abel Ruiz fired low and in an arc, out of reach of ‘veteran’ Steve Mandanda.
The Minho goal ‘paused’ the dynamics of the match even more, with Carlos Carvalhal’s men controlling the midfield challenge against a Marseille who were almost always unable to ‘circumvent’ the red and white defensive ‘web’ and build any noteworthy attack up to half-time.
After the exchange of Raul Silva, with a head injury after a collision with Sequeira, for Tormena, in the 43rd minute, the Portuguese team resumed the game with seven ‘news’ – Tiago Sá, Castro, João Novais, Lucas Piazón, the ‘returned ‘ Fábio Martins and reinforcements Tiago Esgaio and Mario González.
The southern French side drew at a stage where the second half was still undefined: Dimitri Payet benefited from a ‘defective’ clearance by Fabiano to shoot into the upper left corner of the goal.
More comfortable on the field after the goal scored, Marseille threatened a comeback by the newcomer Bamba Dieng, in the 59th minute, and were the team that showed more fluidity in their game throughout the second half, although the Minho have occasionally reached the goal. Gallic, as in a shot by Roger, a 15-year-old winger, in the 76th minute.
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