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Garcia Doubts Marseille’s European Hopes

Garcia Doubts Marseille’s European Hopes

Rudi Garcia admits Marseille’s hopes of qualifying for Europe are fading after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Strasbourg on Friday. Valere Germain’s strike at the start of the second half did give L’OM hope of leaving the Stade de la Meinau with all three points, but the hosts drew level through Kenny Lala and that was enough to secure them a share of the spoils.

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The result leaves Marseille fifth in the standings, four points behind Saint-Etienne – the team that currently occupies the final Europa League qualification place. Garcia certainly feels L’OM are now fighting an uphill battle if they are to secure a European place and he admits they only have themselves to blame after failing to win for the fifth time in seven matches.

“It is another disappointing result with the draw, it sums up our season,” Garcia was quoted as saying by the Ligue 1 website. “We did some good things, but not enough to win the game. “It was already difficult (to qualify for Europe) before this draw and now it is even more so. Every time we don’t win, there are fewer matches left to play.” Marseille will round off their season with home matches against Lyon and Montpellier and an away clash with Toulouse.

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