Olympique de Marseille crashed out of the Europa League with a narrow and frustrating 1-0 defeat to Turkish giants Fenerbahce at Stade Velodrome.
Elie Baup’s men were without a number of key stars, and fielded a relatively inexperienced side, and were dominating early on, with Volkan Demirel kept busy by the enterprising Andre Ayew.
It would take a special goal to beat Steve Mandanda and that proved the case as Bektir Irtegun emulated the efforts of AC Milan’s Philippe Mexes in the Champions League on Wednesday, as he produced a fantastic bicycle kick after chesting the loose ball on 40 minutes.
Marseille could not penetrate the Fener defence soon after, as they were frustrated time and again, as Ayew and Morgan Amalfitano saw chances spurned.
Rod Fanni smashed against the crossbar with seconds to go, but Aykut Kocaman’s men held out to qualify from Group C as winners.
In Germany, Borussia Monchengladbach joined them as they rallied to a 2-0 victory over ten-man AEL Limassol at Borussia-Park.
AEL were resolute throughout, but the 76th minute red card shown to Luciano Bebe sought to open the floodgates for Lucien Favre’s men.
Igor de Camargo struck twice in the final ten minutes to seal the Bundesliga side’s place in the next round.