Marseille beat Benfica in shootout, advances to semifinals


Marseille secured their spot in the Europa League semi-finals with a 4-2 victory on penalties against Benfica at the Stade Velodrome.

Substitute Faris Moumbagna broke the deadlock in the second leg after 79 minutes, leveling the aggregate score at 2-2 and forcing the tie into extra time.

Marseille capitalized on their penalties, converting all of them, while Angel di Maria and Antonio Silva faltered for Benfica.

The French side is set to face Atalanta in the semi-finals, following their victory over Liverpool.

Entering the second leg behind with a 2-1 deficit, Jean Louis Gasset’s team started strongly.

With time running out, Benfica attempted to maintain their narrow lead, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s play created an opportunity for Moumbagna to score.

In the shootout, the Stade Velodrome erupted in celebration as Luis Henrique confidently converted his penalty, securing Marseille’s advancement.